Faye Swetlik Found Dead
A clue found in a trash can Thursday led this small city’s police chief to find the body of missing 6-year-old Faye Swetlik Found Dead in a wooded area near her home.
Soon after, police found the body of Coty Scott Taylor, 30, in an apartment near Faye’s home, Sgt. Evan Antley of the Cayce Department of Public Safety told reporters Friday.
Taylor, who had no criminal history and not known to law enforcement, is linked to Faye’s disappearance Monday, Antley said. He declined to describe the link.
Taylor was not a friend of Faye’s family; he was just a neighbor who lived about 150 feet away in the neighborhood west of Columbia, Antley said. Police did speak with Taylor during a previous search that included entering all the homes and apartments in the Churchill Heights neighborhood.
More than 250 local, state and federal law enforcement officers combed the neighborhood and surrounding woods near the Columbia Metropolitan Airport for more than two days looking for Faye, a first-grader with strawberry-blond hair and blue eyes who disappeared while playing outside her home.
But police got a new lead after emptying trash cans in the neighborhood on Thursday. An unspecified clue found in the trash can be belonging to Taylor’s apartment, Antley said.
Cayce Director of Public Safety Byron Snellgrove found Faye’s body at 11 a.m. Thursday in the wooded area near a NAPA Auto Parts store behind Faye’s and Taylor’s homes. Her body had not been in the area long, Antley said.
Faye’s death has become a homicide investigation. Autopsies on Faye and Taylor will be performed Saturday at MUSC in Charleston, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said. She would not say how they died.
Police have no new suspects at the moment, but Antley asked the public to share any tips.
Faye Swetlik Bio – Wiki
Faye Marie Swetlik was a girl from Cayce, South Carolina, who disappeared after getting home from school on Monday, 10 February 2020. Cayce is part of the Columbia metropolitan area.
Faye Swetlik Age
She was 6 years old.