Missing 6-Year-Old Faye Swetlik Found Dead

Sandy Malone

Police announced Thursday afternoon that six-year-old Faye Swetlik had been found dead in the Churchill Heights area.

Cayce, SC – Police announced on Thursday afternoon that searchers had found the body of Faye Swetlik, the six-year-old girl missing in the Churchill Heights neighborhood since she got off the school bus on Monday.

“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we are announcing that we have found the body that the coroner has identified as Faye Marie Swetlik,” Cayce Department of Public Safety Chief Byron Snellgrove told reporters at an impromptu second press conference on Feb. 13. “We are now treating this case as a homicide.”

Chief Snellgrove, who fought hard not to cry as he made the announcement, said he wanted the community to know about the sad news right away because so many people had helped try to find Faye.

He told reporters the investigation was ongoing and remained fluid.

The chief also revealed that during the course of their investigation, the body of a dead man was found in the Churchill Heights neighborhood, too.

“That investigation has just begun,” Chief Snellgrove said.

He did not say how or if the two cases were related, but he did say that law enforcement believed there was no danger to the community at this time.

Chief Snellgrove kept it brief, took no questions, and promised to release more details soon.

Faye vanished after she got home from Springdale Elementary School on Monday.

Police said the little girl was last seen getting off the school bus and playing in her yard on Londonderry Lane in Cayce, off Highway 302, on Feb. 10, WYFF reported.

Cayce Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sergeant Evan Antley said Faye’s parents confirmed the first grader did arrive home after she got off the bus.

Chief Snellgrove said Faye’s mother said she was in the home when her daughter got home from school, WLTX reported.

She said she noticed Faye was missing at about 3:45 p.m., according to WYFF.

Police said the family contacted them about the missing little girl shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday.

Over 300 members of law enforcement, family, and volunteers have been actively searching the Churchill Heights area for Faye since Monday, WSOC reported.

On Wednesday, the authorities expanded the search area for the missing child beyond her neighborhood and even as far as the highway, WYFF reported.

Chief Snellgrove said he has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for assistance and that agents had joined the search, WLTX reported.

Police have asked people in the area with Ring doorbell cameras to check their footage for clues about the little girl’s disappearance.

Investigators said there was a great response to the request and they’re reviewing lots of videos in their search for leads, WLTX reported.

At the Thursday morning press conference, police said they were following up on leads they had gotten from those videos.

Police did not issue an AMBER Alert for Faye because they didn't have any suspect information, as is required by South Carolina law, WYFF reported.

Comments (30)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

So sad. I thought this might be the outcome but I was praying that they would find her safe.

Ferret guy
Ferret guy

Such a beautiful child. I hope whoever's did this dies a slow, painful death

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

My gut tells me that the parents are involved. I hope it's not the case but.......

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I can't imagine the horror that little girl went through. My heart aches for her. She's in Jesus' arms, safe and loved. Some day whoever killed her will have to answer for what they did.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

I believe that there is a special place in hell for people who harm children, I hope that the body they found was responsible, this is happening way to much anymore.

Superman48
Superman48

Unfortunately her parents are probably involved some how sounds a little crooked who lets there six year play outside unsupervised no matter what kind of neighborhood you live in sounds fishy

Superman48
Superman48

Knowing there are disgusting people in the world

Texasgirl1973
Texasgirl1973

Unfortunately I knew she would not come home again.

Dbledee
Dbledee

I am so sickened by another missing child found murdered. This little angel reminds me of my 6yr granddaughter. I was praying so hard she'd be found alive. Now I pray for true justice. Whatever evil monster did this, I hope is found and given a death sentence. If no death penalty then life without parole! Tougher sentences need to be put in place for monsters who murder, rape, abuse and sex traffick children. #childrenslivesmatter

DennisMelton
DennisMelton

What a sick world we live in today. Whom ever is/was involved in steeling this precious life should suffer 10 fold either on earth or in Hell. Very sick person(s). Everyone who assisted looking for her should get five minutes alone with the deranged, perverse person(s). Death by same means that this precious angel was taken and killed. I pray she didn’t suffer too much. She is in Jesus’s arms now. Why was she allowed to play alone out front of her home with no supervision puzzles me. It’s a parents responsibility to guard & protect. Very unsettling.

Marxest
Marxest

My condolences. Sounds like an all white crime to me. Such a tragedy though. They should round up all white males with the neighborhood and test their DNA. I'm sure they'll be able to solve this heinous crime.

CynCan50
CynCan50

Poor baby. 😢 🙏🏼 💜 Child abuse needs to be stopped. Once a predator/pedophile ALWAYS a predator/pedophile. They CANNOT help themselves.

izmaribaby
izmaribaby

this world is sosick perverted and evil among all children you cant trust any body rip lil angel GOD WILL BE THE JUDGE AND JESUS THE LAWYER TO DO JUSTICE


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