Evidence in trash can links dead neighbor to missing SC girl

Evidence in trash can links dead neighbor to missing South Carolina girl

Death of S.C. 6-Year-Old Faye Swetlik Is 'Linked' to Death of 30-Year-Old Male Neighbor: Police

A homicide investigation into the girl's death has been launched, Cayce Department of Public Safety Director Byron Snellgrove told reporters during a Thursday news conference. Police were called around 5pET and began a search with over 100 law enforcement personnel, including K9ís.

Two memorials have sprung up since the discovery of Faye's body: one in her neighborhood and the other at her school, WCNC reports. They want to know where he was around the time Faye was last seen, and what he was doing during the days that Faye was missing.

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The death of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik, who vanished outside her home in SC this week, is "linked" to a neighbor whose body was discovered shortly after hers was found, police say.

The girl's body was found Thursday in the woods, and police think it was put there after investigators found the evidence inside the trash can, Cayce Public Safety Sgt. Evan Antley said at a Friday news conference.

Faye went missing Monday. Her body was found Thursday morning.

Taylor had no criminal history and was unknown to police, he said, adding, "He was not a relative, he was not a friend, he was merely a neighbor that lived in Churchill Heights".

"Just because we don't have any suspects now we want to make sure we don't have anyone involved with the disappearance of Faye Swetlik", Antley said while also emphasizing there's "no reason to believe there's an active threat in the Churchill Heights community or City of Cayce".

He wouldn't identify the evidence but said the item was listed on Faye's Federal Bureau of Investigation missing poster.

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

The coroner's office scheduled an autopsy to determine Taylor's cause of death for Saturday, and the results will be made public when completed, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said. Police had searched the area before, according to Antley.

Faye Swetlik, 6, disappeared while playing in her front yard after school on Monday. During the investigation, authorities had spoken with Taylor, Antley said.

Authorities were called at 5 p.m., a little more than an hour after Faye's family realized she was missing.

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