Police link 6-year-old SC girl’s death to neighbor found dead in his home

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From: Cayce Department of Public Safety

Police in Cayce, South Carolina are actively searching for missing 6-year old girl Faye Marie Swetlik.

Faye got off her bus on Monday afternoon and arrived home to her house in the Churchill Heights Neighborhood, Cayce Department of Public Safety Sergeant Evan Antley said. Antley said Faye got off at her normal bus stop, which is close to her home, adding her family knows she made it home, but sometime around 345pET her family realized she was missing. Antley did not give any detail about who was home in the afternoon, saying it was all part of the developing investigation. Police were called around 5pET and began a search with over 100 law enforcement personnel, including K9ís.

During a press conference on Tuesday morning, Lexington County Sheriff Captain Adam Myrick said they are going to stop everyone going in and out of the neighborhood today. They will also do door to door knocks on Tuesday.

City of Cayce Spokesperson Ashley Hunter asked that anyone in the Churchill Heights Neighborhood where Faye was last seen, to contact law enforcement if their homes are outfitted with any home security systems, like Ring.

A Facebook post from the Cayce Department of Public Safety says Faye has strawberry blonde hair, blue eyes and was last seen wearing polka dot boots and a black t-shirt. Faye is a 1st grader at Springdale Elementary School.

CAYCE, S.C. (WSPA) – Authorities on Friday identified the body of a man whose death is reportedly linked to that of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik. Both bodies were found Thursday.

According to Sgt. Evan Antley, the public information officer for Cayce Department of Public Safety, Faye ’s body was found Thursday in a wooded area between her home and a nearby auto parts business after evidence led officers to search that area.

Antley said that based on preliminary information, they believe that Faye’s body had not been in the location long and that a short time later, authorities located a deceased man at his residence near Faye’s home.

Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the man’s body as that of Coty Scott Taylor, 30.

Antley said Taylor was a neighbor of Swetlik. He also said Taylor was not related to and was not a friend of the girl.

Fisher said an autopsy will be performed possibly on Saturday.

According to Antley, the evidence that led to the discovery of Faye’s body was found inside a trash can outside of Taylor’s home.

Antley said that Taylor has no criminal history.

“We have no reason to believe that there is an active threat in the Churchill Heights community,” Antley said. “We have no suspect, no arrests, not seeking any persons of interest at this time.”

Antley said the investigation is ongoing.

“This has been a tragic situation for our community and for our department and for everyone who has been following the story. Thanks to the community for tips. Without them we might not be where we are,” Antley said.

Cayce Department of Public Safety officials also released the initial 911 call of Faye’s mother calling to report her daughter was missing.

On the 911 call, Faye’s mother, Selena Collins, told dispatchers that her 6-year-old daughter had been playing outside in the front yard of their home and reported that she had not seen her in an hour.

Faye’s mother, who could be heard crying on the call, went on to give a description of her daughter.

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