COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina authorities plan to release Tuesday how a 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her front yard was killed, along with details on the death of a neighbour whose body was found moments after the child.
Investigators have said they found a clue to Faye Marie Swetlik’s disappearance in the neighbour’s trash can Thursday.
Not long after, they found the girl’s body in woods that had been carefully searched before and then found the neighbour 30-year-old Coty Scott Taylor dead in his home.
The girl got off the school bus and was last seen playing in her Cayce front yard on Monday. More than 200 officers searched over three days for the girl, knocking on every door in her neighbourhood and checking every vehicle going in and out.
Cayce Public Safety officers said the girl’s death is being investigated as a homicide. They have not said anything about how Taylor might have died.
The girl’s disappearance shocked Cayce, a town of about 13,000 people just west of Columbia. Several prayer vigils were held while she was missing and after her body was found.
A public memorial for Faye will be 7 p.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce.
Jeffrey Collins, The Associated Press