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

Police ‘Link’ the Death of 6-Year-Old Faye Swetlik to a Neighbor Found Dead in His Home

Evidence that helped them find Faye's body was found in a trash can belonging to Taylor.

"At this time I want to assure you, our community and all of our parents out there, that we have no reason to believe that there is an active threat in the ... community or the city of Cayce as a whole", Antley said.

Investigators found Faye's body in a wooded area and moments later Taylor's body was discovered inside his home.

The Lexington County Coroner, which identified Scott at a press conference on Friday, is conducting autopsies. Antley declined to say what that clue was, but said it would have been something on Faye's missing person flyer.

The first-grader disappeared on Monday after getting off a school bus in her neighborhood.

Antley said that officers had located the body of Faye in the woods near her residence close to the NAPA Auto Parts on Airport Boulevard.

After she was discovered, Taylor was found dead in his home in Picadilly Square by police.

6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik
6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik

On the 911 recording, Selena Collins, Faye's mother, is heard weeping, her voice barely audible, and she has to repeat her address to the disptacher.

According to police, Chief Byron Snelgrove found Faye's body Thursday.

Police provided no details on the condition of his body or cause of death. "Without them we might not be where we are", Antley said. 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. Police had talked to him and searched inside his home, they said.

"I checked all the houses in my neighbourhood and anybody that actually answered is out looking for her too", the girl's mother said after carefully describing what her daughter was wearing through tears in the 911 call. More than 250 officers and investigators spent the past few days searching for her. "Our work continues to bring justice for Faye Marie Swetlik". Antley revealed that while Faye remained missing, investigators were following sanitation trucks, and checking people's garbage before these bags were taken away.

Taylor, according to Antley, has no criminal history and was not previously known to law enforcement.

"Possibly the toughest day for many law enforcement careers", he said.


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