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Samantha R. Smith – Missing Since November 2006 from Clinton, SC

 

samantha-renee-smithClassified: Missing
Full Name: Samantha Renee Smith
Birthdate: July 13, 1984
Missing Date: November 5, 2006
Missing From: Clinton, Laurens County, South Carolina
Age at time of disappearance: 22
Age Now: 28
Height: 5’4″
Weight: 110 lbs
Hair Color: Blonde (was long down to her mid-back and dyed red at the time she disappeared)
Eye Color: Hazel
Race: White
Gender: Female
Medical Conditions: Takes medication for asthma and suicidal thoughts but may not be taking it.

Samantha Smith was last seen on November 5, 2006 at a house she shared with her boyfriend, Walt Shockley, on 108 Leila St in Clinton, SC.

According to police Samantha and Shockley attended church earlier that morning and then went back to their residence. Sometime during the afternoon an argument broke out between the two of them and according to Shockley she left, taking only her purse with her.

Samantha attended college at Piedmont Tech and was studying to become an art teacher but stopped attending after her November 5th disappearance. Although she suffered from depression her family and loved ones doesn’t believe it was severe enough to cause her to hurt herself.

Her mother, Rebia Kinard, is desperate for answers. Her health is declining and all she wants to do is bring her daughter home.

“She had a very busy life. She never was still, and if she wasn’t at school or she wasn’t working, she was hiking or she was riding horses.” said Kinard.

Choking back tears, her stepfather, Rodney Kinard, told News 4 in an earlier interview, “It’s hell — living every day not knowing where she’s at.”

“We took all our savings and everything else we had to try to find her. Still, today, she hasn’t been found” said the Kinard’s in a 2007 interview.

Many suspect her boyfriend of holding the truth however, without a body no charges can be pressed and her case remains unsolved.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Clinton Police Department (864) 833-7528
Or email Capt. Butch Pressley –  kbpressley@ci.clinton.sc.us
Clinton Public Safety – (864) 833-7503
Anyone with information may remain anonymous.

 

Hunters asked to be more attentive when hunting this season for missing people

Search groups who look for missing people are asking hunters to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious they may find while in the woods.

“They get into places we sometimes can’t,” said Monica Caison, the founder of the CUE Center for Missing Persons in Wilmington, NC.

Caison said in the past 72 hours, her organization has received reports of six bodies/skeletons being found nationwide by hunters.

“They start getting found as soon as the hunters start hitting the woods,” she said, noting the holidays especially bring out lots of hunters.

Caison said not only should hunters be looking for bones (if you can’t rule out a bone being an animal, she says call police), but also looking for disturbed ground or dirt, signs of possibly a shallow grave.

Also, hunters should be aware of manmade items that look out of place like purses, clothing, shoes, wallets, keys, etc.

“If it’s way deep in the woods and it doesn’t fit, they should definitely call that in,” she said.

Just two months ago, a couple of hunters prepping land in rural Spartanburg County stumbled upon some skeletal remains which turned out to be missing 20-year-old Crystal Freeman.

“It happens all the time,” Caison said, “so be vigilant.”

Source: WSPA

 

Couple Murdered Over 35 Years Ago In S.C. Still Unidentified

 Jane Doe

Above photos are two sketches showing what both victims looked like.

The female victim a.k.a “Jane Doe”  is described as having medium length brunette hair and blue-green/gray eyes. She was about 5’5” (165 cm) weighing roughly 105 pounds (47 Kg), thin frame and was estimated to be between the ages of 18-20 years.  Jane didn’t have any surgical scar. She is described as being an attractive young woman. She had pierced ears. Her eyelashes were very long. She had two small beauty marks on her left cheek and one on the right side of her face. She also had a mole on her right calf. Her legs were unshaven. She didn’t have elaborate dental work. Her upper and lower right wisdom teeth were missing and she had fillings in all back teeth. Her front teeth probably gave an even appearance when she smiled.

The male victim a.k.a “John Doe”  is described as having brown hair and brown eyes. He was about 6 feet tall (185 cm) and 150 pounds (70 Kg). He was estimated to be in his 20’s. He has a 4” (10 cm) appendectomy scar and two 2” (5 cm) scars on his right shoulder. John Doe had very elaborate and expensive dental work with bridges and crowns. He had an acrylic or porcelain crown on the left front tooth and fillings in most upper teeth. He also had some missing teeth in top and bottom but noticeable in top back left. He was missing his lower wisdom teeth.

The couple was discovered murdered at 6.20 AM on August 9, 1976 on Locklair Road, a rural dirt road between Interstate 95 and S.C. 341 in Sumpter County, South Carolina, USA. The couple had been shot at close range several times: in the back, chest and throat and had been dead for less than 24 hours. They weren’t carrying any identification and their identities remain unidentified more than three decades later.

South Carolina map with Sumter County  John & Jane Doe, crime scene

Left: A map of SC with Sumpter County showing in the yellow – Right: The crime scene

They had no money on them when their bodies were discovered but they seemed well to do. Their skin was smooth and had olive undertone making them look as possibly from another country than USA which would explain the reason why no-one local has come forward. The pair may have been hitchhiking through the country. It has been speculated that they might be brother and sister. Any money could have been stolen from the unknown killer.

The couple were buried laying besides each other  in August 1977 in Bethel (SC) United Methodist Church cemetery under two bronze plaques reading: “Male Unknown, Aug. 9, 1976” and “Female unknown, Aug. 9, 1976”.

John Doe was wearing a red T-shirt with “Coors America’s Fine Light Beer” written on the front and “Camel Challenger GT Sebring 75” on the back, faded Levi’s blue jeans and didn’t have any underwear on. He wore a Bulova Accutron yellow gold watch, serial number H918803 on his left wrist and a 14 karat gold ring with a gray linde star stone and the initials JPF engraved inside. He also had a box of Grants Truck stop matches in one of his pocket.

When found, Jane Doe was wearing an unbleached muslin blouse, a pink knit halter top that tied in the front, cut-off Levi blue jean shorts and a pair of wedge-heeled sandals with lavender, pink and purple straps. She had no underwear on. She was wearing three silver rings resembling American Indian or Mexican costume jewelry. One had red, white and blue stones, another a feather scroll with rust and green stone an and the third was oblong black stone with three green flecks.

For more in-depth information regarding this case, click: Handsome mystery couple found murdered in South Carolina

If you have any information concerning the victims identity, please contact:

Sumter County Coroner Verna Moore
803.436.2111 (office)
803.778.3613 (beeper)

Source: meyahna.tripod & Crime Library

Gabrielle Swainson Suspect, Freddie Grant, Indicated On Federal Ammo Charge

S.C. cheerleader vanishes without a trace

♦ Tuesday, September 18th, Marks ONE Month Since Gabrielle Swainson Disappeared

Click link for the latest update (09/19/12) on Gabrielle Swainson Suspect, Freddie Grant - Swainson kidnapping suspect indicted on federal ammo charge

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Previous Update’s Posted Below

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Updated: 09/14/12 – Columbia, SC  - Saturday marks four weeks since Columbia teenager Gabrielle Swainson disappeared from her home.

Deputies say the 15-year-old was taken against her will by 52 year old Freddie Grant back on August 18. Sheriff Leon Lott says his officers have obtained a warrant for Grant’s arrest, but have not formally charged him yet in Swainson’s disappearance.

Currently, Grant is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on a federal ammunition charge.

Sheriff Leon Lott says Grant was in a relationship with Swainson’s mother and had a key to their home. Lott says Gabbiee’s blood was found in Grant’s Elgin home and in a nearby junkyard.

Lott has gone on record to calling Grant a monster, something Grant’s attorney used in a failed attempt to get a gag order in the case.

Friday, News19 asked Lott about the effort to silence him.

“I’m worried about finding Gabbiee,” Lott said. “Anything I said has been the truth and I can back it with facts. I’m going to say what I’ve got to say and that’s the truth, and whatever I can say that’s going to help find Gabbiee then that’s what I’m going to do.”

Lott say his department has followed up on more than 400 Crimestoppers tips. If you know anything that can help with this case, you can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

(WLTX is the source of the article above)

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South Carolina; Updated - 9/4/12 - Freddie Grant, Suspect In Gabrielle Swainson’s Disappearance, Person Of Interest In Two More Cases;  Freddie Grant, a man charged with kidnapping in the disappearance of 15-year-old Gabrielle Swainson, is also a person of interest in
the case of another missing South Carolina woman and the unsolved homicide of a
S.C. man, reports the Charlotte Observer

Pictured; Freddie Grant (Police Photo)

Police in Elgin County have said Freddie Grant is a ”person of interest” in two additional cases and are looking into it further. Daniele Lee Wood, 36-years-old who was killed in October 2011 and the disappearance of Adriana Laster, 28-years-old who was last seen a year ago in September 2011 with Grant in S.C. According to CBS news, Laster is a mother of an 11-year-old daughter who said that she and her mother would keep in touch daily until September 2011 when the calls stopped. She is now living with her Grandmother in S.C.

According to CBS affiliate, a report from March 2011 says officers found Laster crying as she lay on the ground. It said Grant “grabbed her by the hair and slammed her face into the side of his mother’s house and dragged her to the car.” The report says they fought on the way home from with Grant “pouring some sort of fuel on her” in the car. The report went on the say Grant slammed Laster’s head into a brick wall. Police found and photographed various cuts, bruises and other injuries on her body. It’s believed that Grant and Laster spent time in Homestead before relocating to South Carolina.

Adriana Laster refused to press charges and according to a Police report, she was 3-months pregnant in what was a consented sexual-encounter with Grant. This was shortly before her disappearance.

Grant, who has been charged with kidnapping Gabbie Swainson, has not been cooperating with Police who continue with the help of the community and friends and family of the missing teen.

Richland County, S.C. Sheriff Leon Lott believe Gabby is still alive. “We believe that she’s alive. Where and how, I don’t know.” Said Lott.

”He’s a monster,” said Lott speaking of Freddie Grant.

Anyone with information about Laster or Grant is urged to call Crime Stoppers in South Carolina at 1888-CRIME-SC.

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Previous Updates Below

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♦ Gabrielle Chloe’s Disappearance, Freddie Grant Not Leading Police To Here Whereabouts ♦

→ Gabrielle Chloe Swainson, a 15-year-old cheerleader from Richland County, South Carolina, has been missing since August 18, 2012. She disappeared between 3 am and 7:30 am. Gabrielle’s mother, Elvia Swainson, left her daughter at home to work.

When Elvia got home, she heard the alarm clock ringing. She then called out to her daughter but Gabrielle did not respond, so Elvia went to check on her. That was when Elvia noticed her child was missing.

Elvia told ABC News that she called Gabrielle’s cell phone, but there was no answer. Chandra Cleveland-Jennings, a private investigator that the Swainson family hired, explained that Gabrielle does not have a habit of running away.

When police did search Gabrielle’s room, there was nothing missing from her room. All of her clothes were there as well as her pocketbook. “Police have been unable to locate a signal on the girl’s cell phone. There was also no sign of forced entry or signs of struggle. The Richland County Sheriff’s Office now believes Gabrielle may have been abducted.” Now police have arrested and charged 52-year-old Freddie Grant, a friend of the Swainson’s family, with kidnapping Gabrielle. Police actually “found blood and DNA from the South Carolina teen on duct tape near the man’s home…Authorities believe Grant forced the teen from her home in Columbia and took her to his home in Elgin, S.C.”

According to police, Grant is refusing to assist in locating Gabrielle.

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UPDATE; Published 8/28/12 by (CBS/AP) ↔ COLUMBIA, S.C. – Investigators charged Freddie Grant with kidnapping in the disappearance of 15-year-old Gabrielle “Gabbiee” Swainson after her blood was found on duct tape near his home, authorities said Tuesday.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said 52-year-old Grant was a family acquaintance and did yard work for the Swainson family. The sheriff was holding out hope that Gabbiee will be found alive, and more than 100 officers are combing through a junkyard across from the suspect’s home in Elgin on Tuesday looking for the missing teen. “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,” Lott said. “He’s only charged with kidnapping.”

Grant was uncooperative when investigators first asked him if he knew where Gabbiee was, and hadn’t been any more helpful since he was charged with kidnapping on Monday.

Gabbiee was last seen by her mother around 4 a.m. on Aug. 18 asleep in her bed. Her mother said Gabbiee was gone when she returned home from work several hours later. All the teen’s clothes, her purse and her cellphone charger were still in the home, authorities said.

Investigators began questioning the family and anyone who knew the girl. Grant was an obvious target because he was a convicted felon and deputies became even more suspicious when he refused to cooperate, Lott said. Bullets were found in Grant’s home, leading to a federal weapons charge. Additional searches uncovered his DNA and Gabbiee’s DNA on duct tape with blood on it found near his house, the sheriff said.

Grant is being held without bail at the Lexington County jail.

Lott said investigators are checking to see whether Grant is involved in the disappearance of a 28-year-old woman last year.

Investigators said Adriana Laster, who lived with Grant in Elgin, has been missing for nearly a year. Laster disappeared in September 2011, but wasn’t reported missing until March of this year by her grandmother in Homestead, Fla., Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown said.

Grant and Laster lived together and had a troubled relationship. Brown said his officers were called to their home several times, culminating in an April 2011 charge of criminal domestic violence against Grant. Police pressed forward with the misdemeanor even though Laster asked them to drop the case. Grant was convicted and paid a fine, Brown said.

SOURCE: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57501866-504083/gabrielle-swainson-freddie-grant-charged-with-kidnapping-missing-sc-teen-sheriff-hopeful-shes-alive/?tag=re1.channel

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