Cleveland discovery gives hope amid search for those missing in Columbia

Gabbiee Swainson was last seen in August, 2012 at her mother's home in Columbia.

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- The discovery of three women who were missing for a decade in Cleveland has reignited hope for those with missing loved ones in the Capital City.

It has been a long nine months since Gabbiee Swainson disappeared from her mother Elvia's home in August 2012. As the investigation continues, Elvia says it is stories like the one out of Cleveland that keep her going as she holds out hope for Gabbiee.

"Oh, I was really excited for the family," said Elvia. "Actually, there was another story before that one where somebody else was rescued who had traveled out of the country, so any story like this really builds on my continued hope for my daughter."

Elvia is keeping in close contact with investigators, especially Sheriff Leon Lott, who often touches base with her, she says. She adds she believes the investigation is progressing -- that leads are still coming in.

"I would hate for someone to give up hope and she's still out there...waiting and praying for someone to rescue her and bring her home just like these three girls," said Elvia.

Elvia is not the only one still holding out hope. Community members say they have not forgotten about Gabbiee or little Amir Jennings -- the one-year-old Columbia boy who vanished without a trace a year and a half ago.

"I'm hoping they find the little boy and Gabbiee, because my heart goes out to their family members," said Drusilla Woodyard, who is staying in the neighborhood where Amir lived before disappearing. "That's a mother's worst fear is losing her babies."

Until the answers come, Elvia continues to focus on staying positive and praying lots.

"I'm not giving up on my daughter," said Elvia. "I'm not giving up on Gabbiee, and hopefully if she can hear me or see me on the news... I'm praying that she could stay strong."

Elvia says she is confident that someone must know something about the whereabouts of her daughter.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Gabbiee Swainson or Amir Jennings is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.