Police 'link' the death of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik to a 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.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The death of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik, who vanished outside her home in South Carolina this week, is “linked” to a neighbor whose body was discovered shortly after hers was found, police say.

The corpse of Coty Scott Taylor, 30, was found in his residence about 150 feet from the girl’s house, Cayce Department of Public Safety Sgt. Evan Antley told reporters Friday.

Faye went missing Monday. Her body was found Thursday and identified by the coroner.

“Evidence and our investigation does link these two together,” Antley said of the deaths. “I can confirm that he was a neighbor, that he was not a relative. He was not a friend. He was merely a neighbor.”

Antley said investigators had spoken to Taylor, who had no criminal history and was unknown to law enforcement, soon after the girl went missing.

“We had been inside his home,” Antley said.

Investigators located “a critical item of evidence” in a trash can at Taylor’s home, Antley said.

Her body was found in a wooded area between her family’s house and an auto parts store, Antley said. Taylor’s body was discovered a short time later.

Police provided no details on the condition of his body or cause of death.

Police are treating the girl’s death as a homicide. Her autopsy will be conducted Saturday, according to the Lexington County Coroner’s Office.

Taylor’s autopsy is also scheduled for Saturday.

Police assured residents the area is safe.

She arrived safely at home, but went missing

The first grader was last seen playing in her front yard after taking the bus home from Springdale Elementary School on Monday, Antley said. More than 250 officers and investigators spent the past few days searching for her.

But sometime around 3:45 p.m., her family realized Faye was missing, he said.

Police were called around 5 p.m. The search initially involved more than 100 officers, including dogs. By Tuesday, more than 250 were searching and the FBI was assisting.

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