Man charged with kidnapping Gabrielle Swainson

    A family friend has been charged in the disappearance of South Carolina teen Gabrielle Swainson.

    CBS News reports that investigators arrested Freddie Grant, 52, and charged him with kidnapping. This comes after police found some of Gabrielle’s blood on a strip of duct tape near his home.

    Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Gabrielle, whose family friends call her Gabbiee, actually knows Freddie, a family friend that did yard work for them.

    More than 100 detectives are scouring a scrapyard near Freddie’s home in the hopes that Gabbiee, 15, will be found alive. "I haven’t given up hope of finding her and bringing her home. That’s what we’re operating under, that she can be found," Leon said. "He’s only charged with kidnapping."

    Freddie did not cooperate when authorities first asked where Gabbie was earlier this month, and he’s still keeping quiet.

    The cheerleader’s mother last saw her sleeping in her room around 4 a.m. on August 18. When she returned, Gabbiee was gone, but all of the teen’s clothes were still in the room along with her purse and cell phone charger.

    Upon searching Freddie’s house, cops turned up bullets, so the alleged abductor was also slapped with federal weapons charges. Authorities also found Freddie’s and Gabbiee’s DNA on duct tape near his house.

    Freddie is currently being held in Lexington County Jail without bail.

    According to, Gabrielle was last seen wearing a "Black tank top with Pink and Black pajama pants and Adidas sandals and Do rag on her head that was black and pink."

    The teen stands 5’2" and weighs around 120.  Anyone with information on her location is encouraged to call the Richland County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 576-3187. You can also report you sighting anonymously at by filling out a tip sheet on the Black and Missing website.

    A reward of $6,000 is being offered for tips that lead authorities to Gabbiee.



    —Sonya Eskridge





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