Body of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik discovered; ‘deceased male’ also found in Cayce

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CAYCE, S.C. (WSAV) – The Cayce Department of Public Safety announced Thursday that the body of missing Faye Swetlik has been found.

The 6-year-old’s death is being investigated as a homicide.

“As this community has been working hard to find Faye and bring her home safely, we wanted you to know as soon as possible,” said Cayce Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Byron Snellgrove in a press conference early Thursday afternoon.

He added that no arrests have been made at this time.

During the course of their investigation, Snellgrove said they also found a deceased male in the Churchill Heights neighborhood where Faye was last seen.

But Cayce DPS has not confirmed a connection between the two deaths.

“At this time we feel there is no danger to the community,” Snellgrove said. “We will continue to provide more information as it becomes available.”

It’s been an all hands on deck search for the first-grader at Springdale Elementary School who went missing from Churchill Heights Monday afternoon. Her family discovered her missing about 3:45 p.m. and called 911 after looking for her for about an hour, authorities have said.

“Since 5 p.m. Monday, the phone line has been ringing non stop as those leads come in they get passed to an investigator and we follow up,” Cayce DPS Sgt. Evan Antley said.

Authorities on Wednesday released a video of the girl getting off her school bus. Later that night, they released video footage showing two vehicles in the neighborhood during the time Swetlik was last seen.

Officers went door to door looking for the missing child, bringing in helicopters and K9s. The FBI also became involved in the investigation.

But many residents are questioning if more could have been done.

“Why an Amber Alert was not called for this little girl is ridiculous — every child should have a chance for it to be known that they are missing,” said Tonya Gardner, a Cayce resident.

Cayce officials say an Amber Alert wasn’t issued because the alert is generally associated with abductions.

However, at the time of Faye’s disappearance, it was unclear if someone had taken her or if she wandered off from playing in her front yard.

Meanwhile, anyone with information about the case is asked to call 803-205-4444.

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