Published: Sat, February 15, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Evidence in trash can links dead neighbor to missing SC girl

Evidence in trash can links dead neighbor to missing SC girl

Her body was found in a wooded area between her family's house and an auto parts store, Antley said.

Authorities said Friday they have linked a 30-year-old man to a missing 6-year-old SC girl who vanished earlier this week, after both were found dead. 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.

Both bodies were found Thursday after the item was found by investigators who followed around a rubbish truck and sifted through the garbage as it made a special trip in the neighbourhood, Sgt Antley said.

Antley said that while Taylor had no criminal history, he is calling for "more information about Coty Taylor starting at 3:44 Monday afternoon up until the time we found his body". 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.

Officials did not give a cause of death pending an autopsy on Saturday.

In a 911 call released Friday, Faye's mother said her daughter was in the front yard after getting off the school bus and then just suddenly disappeared. During the investigation, authorities had spoken with Taylor, Antley said.

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

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. Faye's body hadn't been there long when found.

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

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.

At Friday's press conference, during which he appeared near tears several times, Antley said, "Yesterday was a tough day - possibly the toughest day of many law enforcement careers". More than 250 officers and investigators spent the past few days searching for her.

Less than three hours later, Mr Snellgrove's voice trembled as he publicly announced her death.

"We went in there and turned their lives upside down". "We have no reason to believe that there is an active threat in the community". City of Cayce Spokesperson Ashley Hunter asked that anyone in the Churchill Heights Neighborhood where Faye was last seen, to contact law enforcement if their homes are outfitted with any home security systems, like Ring.

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