Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Members of the Right Direction Church continue to come together to pray and search for 15-year-old Gabbiee Swainson.
Answers in the disappearance of 15-year-old Gabbiee Swainson could come as soon as Thursday morning. Late in the afternoon Wednesday, Sheriff Leon Lott announced that he'll be having a press conference to announced the latest in the search for Gabbiee.
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Head South on Broad River Road, you'll see Right Direction Church, where the faith of those who knew Gabbiee is being tested. The church's sign illuminates the pavement with Gabbiee Swainson's image. A sign those attending the the church's prayer vigil hope is soon changed.
"You've seen this on the news, time after time, and you never really imagine how hard it is until it hits you home," Youth pastor Dwayne White says Gabbiee had just gotten involved with the church's praise team, singing, dancing and playing guitar.
"Having this happen to someone to someone who was apart of our youth group is very serious, very hurtful. It's disheartening. But again, if it wasn't for God and faith in God it would be hard to get through this," said White.
Carnell Johnson has known Gabbiee since six years old. He says the church's faith and community embrace shouldn't come as a surprise.
"Fun. Loving. Quiet. But once you get to know her she's a bundle of joy," said Johnson about the missing teen. "Really it's just we do. Whenever one of our members, be it a child or an adult, this is what we do."
While the investigation into Gabbiee's disappearance takes twists and turns, the faith of those inside this church is aimed only, in one direction.
"That's the Right Direction Way, we believe until the end. We are not thinking anything different. All we know is we want to see her come home," said Johnson.
Anyone with information on where Gabbiee may be should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Be sure to stay tuned to News19 Thursday morning as details are announced.