CAYCE, S.C. (WLOS) – Hundreds of police officers and trained searchers continued to search for a 6-year-old girl who hadn't been seen since shortly after getting off her school bus near her South Carolina home Monday, Feb. 10, 2020.
9:15 p.m. Update:
Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has confirmed that the body of Faye Marie Swetlik, the missing 6-year-old girl, was discovered about 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.
Authoritis said Swetlik's body was found in the Churchill Heights neighborhood where she lived and was last seen outside Monday afternoon, Feb. 10, 2020.
According to Fisher, an autopsy will be performed Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at MUSC in Charleston.
The Cayce Department of Public Safety and SLED are assisting with the investigation.
6 p.m. Update:
Authorities said they are working closely with the Lexington County Coroner's Office, which will be providing updates related to their role in the investigation.
Investigators are processing a large amount of physical evidence.
"This is a highly methodical process, so please bear with us," the Cayce Department of Public Safety said in a post on it Facebook page.
As we weep, we work.
2:05 p.m. Update:
Authorities confirm they have found the body of 6-year old Faye Marie Swetlik and say the case is now being investigated as a homicide. At this time, no arrests have been made.
In addition, authorities confirm they have also found the body of a male in the same neighborhood. The investigation into his death is just now beginning.
In a short press conference, Cayce Department of Public Safety officials said they do not believe there is any danger to the community.
12:50 p.m. Update:
A 1 p.m. press conference has been called. You can watch live here:
10:45 a.m. Update:
On Wednesday night, investigators turned their focus to newly released photos of two vehicles that may hold the clue to where Faye Marie Swetlik went.
Thursday morning, Cayce Department of Public Safety confirmed they have identified the Chevrolet Trailblazer but are still seeking information about the silver vehicle in the photos.
Detectives released images of two vehicles they said were spotted in the neighborhood Monday around the time the 6-year-old girl vanished. They think the drivers could have information about Faye’s disappearance.
Investigators have no evidence that Faye was kidnapped, but also have not ruled out an abduction or that she walked away from her home or was harmed by someone she knew.
"We're still exploring every possibility to bring Faye home," Cayce Public Safety Officer Sgt. Evan Antley said.
Earlier Wednesday, police released a video of the girl getting off her school bus Monday. The video shows her leaving her seat, wearing a backpack and a black t-shirt with the word “peace” on it. She appears to turn back and possibly speak to the driver before stepping off and meeting her mother. Faye’s mother told police she walked with her daughter to their house and that Faye grabbed a snack before heading outside to play around 3:45 p.m.
That’s the last time she told police she saw Faye.
"Faye's parents are anxiously waiting her return. Her mother, her mother's boyfriend and her father have all been cooperative with us and the other agencies investigating this case," Cayce Public Safety Director Byron Snellgrove said.
Investigators have no evidence that Faye Marie Swetlik was kidnapped, but also have not ruled an abduction or that she walked away from her home or was harmed by someone she knew in the central city of Cayce.
Faye has strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes. The last time she was seen, the first-grader was wearing polka dot rain boots, a flower print skirt and a black t-shirt with neon colors.
Faye is lactose intolerant and has a speech impediment with a tethered tongue, according to police.
Her family said she has a bubbly personality.
Anyone who sees the girl or has information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Cayce Department of Public Safety at 803-794-0456 or the tips hotline at 803-205-4444.