Faye Swetlik: Body of missing 6-year-old SC girl found

Cayce Department of Public Safety will hold press conferences to provide updates and related information on the investigation into Faye's disappearance daily.

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher confirmed the body found was Faye, and the investigation is now a homicide.

A 6-year-old SC girl who disappeared earlier in the week after getting off her school bus was found dead Thursday, and a homicide investigation has been opened, authorities said.

Snellgrove did not say where the body had been located or reveal the cause of death.

He said they are treating this as a homicide. No arrests have been made as of Thursday afternoon.

The body of a man also was found recently in the neighborhood where the child, Faye Marie Swetlik, disappeared Monday, said Cayce Public Safety Director Byron Snellgrove.

Officials have kept their search extremely limited over the course of their investigation -stretching just past the 1-mile radius of the Churchill Heights neighborhood. "We're asking everybody questions we're not leaving anybody out".

Swetlik's family said they last saw her playing in the yard Monday, Feb. 10 after school around 3:45 p.m. Investigators said they have not ruled out any possibilities that she may have walked off or fell somewhere and is in distress.

"Some people want their privacy in these types of things", Antley said.

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Anyone with video or information should call the tipline at 803-205-4444.

Swetlik is a first-grader at Springdale Elementary School.

"We've noticed a lot of incorrect information on social media that's being circulated around and being shared across different platforms", Sgt. Evan Antley, with the Cayce Department of Public Safety, said. A deceased male also was found, police said.

In an effort to aid the ongoing search, investigators also released a video Wednesday of Swetlik as she exited the school bus that afternoon, shortly before she disappeared.

A close family friend told WIS that Faye's family is understandably not doing well, but they remain optimistic she will be found.

The Cayce Department of Public Safety posted imaged of the cars, saying: "The two vehicles shown were in the neighborhood during the time #FayeSwetlik was last seen".

Investigators have received hundreds of tips and hours of video surveillance footage from neighbors in the last three days.

Faye's grandmother, Ruth Collins, spoke out after a prayer vigil on her granddaughter's disappearance.

  • Ismael Montgomery