On Tuesday, investigators revealed she was killed by her neighbor who was the sole perpetrator.
Faye Swetlik's cause of death has been revealed, according to Fox News. The 6-year-old girl was found dead three days after she went missing from her front porch. On Tuesday, investigators revealed she was killed by her neighbor who acted as the "sole perpetrator." Lexington County Coroner, Margaret Fisher said an autopsy revealed that her death was ruled as a homicide and the cause, asphyxiation. Her neighbor, 30-year-old Coty Taylor, abducted her and Swetlik is said to have died just a few hours later. Taylor is also said to have died by suicide. "The loss of Faye, an innocent child, who was simply playing in her own yard... has been extremely difficult to all of us," Fisher said.
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 child's body was discovered in a wooded area in her neighborhood. Out of respect for the grieving family, officials have restrained from revealing information about the condition of her body when it was discovered. She went missing on Monday from her front yard after returning from Springdale Elementary School where she was a first-grader. More than 200 officers worked relentlessly to find the girl.
They knocked on doors and stopped cars along the borders for any information. Cayce Department of Public Safety Director, Byron Snellgrove said investigators found a child's polka-dot boot and a soup ladle filled with fresh dirt in Taylor's trash on Thursday. 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."
Like all South Carolinians, I was heartbroken to hear the news about the death of Faye Swetlik.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 13, 2020
I pray for the family of this beautiful young girl as they deal with this horrific tragedy. https://t.co/9rP8XB1jRp
"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." Officials found Taylor's dead body in his home just minutes after they discovered the child's body. Initially, they did not reveal both the deaths were connected, but they did say a man's body was discovered in Swetlik's neighborhood.
Cayce Department of Public Safety Director Byron Snellgrove said the two cases were linked. Fisher later released Taylor's autopsy results that showed he died by suicide from an "incised wound to the neck." 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."
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
A public memorial for Faye is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday at Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce. People were shocked, angered, and saddened by the news of the little girl's death. Nancy Bailey York wrote on Facebook: She is in heaven and I'm sure he is burning in hell. my thoughts and prayers go out to the family. this is horrific. My daughter was murdered at 21 years old. I know the feelings the family feel. I pray for peace for the family. Life will never be the same anymore. Gina Roberts added: And THIS is why I was a helicopter Mom. So completely SAD. My heart breaks for this family.
Brenda Groendyk Schmid spoke out about a harsh reality: I feel so sorry for this generation of children. When I was a kid, we could stay out all day and our parents didn’t have to worry. This world is becoming increasingly evil. Gena Gardner added: Horrible. Just got home from school. Playing while her Mom was making her something to eat. I wish she screamed. But he probably came across non-threatening and she likely was acquainted so felt no threat. SO HORRIBLE!!! I hate to ask but is it known if she was sexually assaulted? Heart-wrenching.