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CUE joins search for Gabbiee Swainson

Posted: December 4, 2012 6:04 p.m.
Updated: December 5, 2012 5:00 a.m.

CUE (Community United Effort) Center for Missing Persons, based in Wilmington, N.C., recently assisted in search efforts for missing Columbia teenager Gabrielle (Gabbiee) Swainson. Gabbiee disappeared in mid-August. Freddie Grant, 52, of Elgin is accused of kidnapping her and is also thought to be involved in the disappearance of his live-in girlfriend, Adriana Laster, 27. The Elgin Police Department estimated Laster has been missing since early September 2011. He is also a person of interest in the murder of 37-year-old Daniel Lee Wood of Lugoff.

CUE Founder Monica Caison confirmed the group’s involvement in mid-November. CUE is the same missing persons center that located a car under a bridge on I-20 in Kershaw County in late October that led to the recovery of the bodies of two missing North Carolina teenage boys. CUE is a non-profit organization Caison started 18 years ago. Since then, CUE has developed into a nation-wide network of volunteers, many of whom are individuals with professional law enforcement experience.

“(Gabbiee’s) mother … registered her case with our center. Law enforcement or families are able to register cases of the missing,” Caison said.

She said the group conducted searches the week of November 12.

“We covered ground in Elgin, Columbia and areas of Kershaw County, using 10 K-9 units and 30 ground support,” Caison said.   

Caison said CUE met with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) and worked in concert with the department in all facets of CUE’s search.

“We met with a detective from RCSD as well as another investigator from a different jurisdiction to come up with our search plan … then we searched for five or six days. A representative from the department has been with us every step of the way,” noted Caison.

RCSD Capt. Chris Cowan also confirmed that CUE collaborated with the department.

In addition to people from South Carolina, Caison said individuals who took part in CUE’s search for Gabbiee came from Florida, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Georgia and North Carolina. She said the group plans to continue search efforts as well as ramp up awareness initiatives during the coming month.

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