Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is expected to give an update Wednesday on the search for missing teen Gabbie Swainson.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott will be holding a press conference at 11 in the morning to give new details in the case. Freddie Grant, 52, has been charged with kidnapping the 15 year old.
Tuesday night, more than 100 friends, family, and classmates came out to Lake Carolina to pray for Swainson, 15, at a candlelight vigil.
As the sun set on Lake Carolina, a community embraces. Those in attendance hope sound of their voices reach anyone who has answers in the disappearance of 15-year-old Gabbiee Swainson.
"Gabbiee we love you. We are praying for you. I hope that wherever you are that smile is still on your face."
The group's message was about not giving up hope.
"You're here tonight because you don't want to sit and wait, you want to do something," said Ridgeview principal Marty Martin.
With candles in hand, those who know Gabbiee Swainson come together and pray, supporting her immediate family and cheerleader family.
"I really hope they find her," said Jory Cornett, a Ridgeview students and friend of Gabbiee.
The Ridgeview cheer squad describes Gabbiee like a sister, shy and reserved, a person they could trust, one they want to come home. Chasity Blume, a team mate said,
"It's a good outcome out of this. So I am just going to think positive."
Freshman team mate Layla Lyles said, "It hurts to just see her, then, she's gone."
You can see it in their way they talk to each other, their mannerisms. Gabbiee's disappearance has taken an emotional toll on her classmates.
"I really can't sleep that well at night anymore. It's hard to think about. Just to go to school, knowing that she went to our school, it's defiantly hard not seeing her in the hallways," Blume.
Ridge View High School cheer coach Morgan Daniels says each day is tough. Tuesday she took her squad straight from practice, to the vigil.
"We are helpless right now. We have done everything we can do as a program and just try to pray and stay positive," said Daniels.
While the sun goes down, candle light sparks hope. Those in attendance, look to the sky, hoping help from a higher power will find the smiling girl that is being missed by an entire community.
If you have any information that could help investigators in their search for Gabbiee Swainson, please call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.