Sunday, 27 September, 2020

Authorities Identify Dead Man Linked to Disappearance and Death of Faye Swetlik

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Deanna Wagner | 15 February, 2020, 03:28

He said Faye was found dead in a wooded area, while Taylor, who lived approximately 150 feet away from Faye, was found dead in his home.

Investigators looking into the disappearance of 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik were led to the body of the young girl on Thursday after finding a "critical item of evidence" while searching through her dead neighbor's trash, officials said at a press conference.

Antley said that after Swetlik's body was found, police then discovered the body of Taylor at his residence. Authorities said her body was ultimately found in a wooded area not far from her home.

Antley said investigators had spoken to Taylor, who had no criminal history and was unknown to law enforcement, soon after the girl went missing. He declined to specify the "critical piece of evidence", but he did describe it as something that would've been listed on her missing person flyer.

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said autopsies were scheduled for Saturday.

Swetlik had vanished Monday afternoon while playing in her yard shortly after returning home from school. Relatives last saw her playing in a yard before reporting her missing to police at about 5 p.m. Monday. "We narrowed down an area that we felt, as an investigative team, that we needed to go back to and look for more evidence", Antley said.

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During a press conference on Thursday, Chief Byron Snellgrove said his office is treating Faye's death as a homicide. Asked specifically if authorities believe Taylor killed Faye Swetlik, Antley said he could not say at this time.

Investigators sealed off the entrance to the neighbourhood for a while, questioning everyone going in and out, said Sgt Antley, who thanked them for their patience. She had been missing about an hour.

The neighborhood is about about 2 miles from the Columbia airport and less than a mile west of I-26.

More than 250 officers searched for the girl over three days. The sergeant announced they had no reason to believe there's an active threat, or that there's other persons of interest, but they are working to make sure no one else is involved. "We all wanted Faye to be brought home safely". Several prayer vigils were held while she was missing and after her body was found.