Her death is being investigated as a homicide. The girl was last seen playing in her front yard after reaching home from school when she disappeared.
Faye Swetlik, a 6-year-old girl from South Carolina, who went missing from her front porch three days ago has been found dead, reports People. She went missing on Monday from her front yard after returning from Springdale Elementary School where she was a first-grader. The cops are now investigating her death as a homicide. At a press conference held on Thursday, Byron Snellgrove, Cayce Department of Public Safety Director, said, "It is with extremely heavy hearts that we have found a body that the coroner has identified as Faye Marie Swetlik. We are now treating this case 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."
I'm really shaken by the news of little Faye Swetlik. This is beyond belief. She now is in the loving hands of God, where she is in total love and peace . pic.twitter.com/CaW2hcn8h2— Tim Miller (@TimMillerSC) February 13, 2020
The Lexington School District 2, too, released a statement following Swetlik's death. They said, "We are heart-broken with news of the death of Faye Swetlik, a first-grade student at Springdale Elementary, who went missing earlier this week. When the school community experiences a tragedy like the loss of a child, it deeply affects all of us." According to CNN, the Lexington County Coroner's Office will conduct Swetlik's autopsy on Saturday. During the search, a man was also found dead, in the Churchill Heights neighborhood where the little girl was last seen. Snellgrove added, "At this time no arrests have been made. We need you to know that this is a fluid investigation and we are working diligently."
The Cayce and surrounding communities are mourning the loss of 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik. She’s been described as energetic and bubbly, loving fancy dresses and shoes. A heartbreaking loss far too soon. Prayers for her family and friends. pic.twitter.com/emU2puAaOe— Emily Correll (@emcorrell) February 13, 2020
The identity of the man has not been released or if there was any connection between him and Swetlik. Snellgrove also assured that there was no danger to the community. In addition, there has been no information as to how and where the girl died, and when her body was discovered.
Our thought and prayers are with the family of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik, whose body was found four days after she went missing from her South Carolina home https://t.co/B5AGh53Fhd pic.twitter.com/7vkABd0dVQ— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) February 13, 2020
According to WYFF, Swetlik's family confirmed to the police that she had reached home safely from school. It was around half-past three that her family realized she was missing and called authorities at 5 p.m. An increased police presence was seen in the neighborhood. They had looked everywhere for the girl including a landfill.
She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with the word 'Peace' on it paired with polka dot boots. People reports that earlier on Thursday, authorities were trying to identify two cars that were seen on CCTV footage. The occupants of one car were questioned. However, there have been no leads with regard to the second car. A dedicated hotline has been set up to aid in the investigation. Anyone with information can please dial 803-205-4444.
Breaking. Horrible news to tell you. The search for missing 6-yr-old Faye Swetlik is over. She was found this morning in her neighborhood. Near her home. It’s now a homicide. Her body was found— Greg Suskin (@GSuskinWSOC9) February 13, 2020