South Carolina 6-Year Old Faye Swetlik Missing After Getting Off Bus

Sandy Malone

More than 300 police officers and volunteers have been searching the area around six-year-old Faye Swetlik's home.

Cayce, SC – A six-year-old girl who vanished after she got home from Springdale Elementary School on Monday was still missing on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said Faye Swetlik 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.

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

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.

Faye was last seen wearing a black shirt with the word “PEACE” written in neon colors with a flowered skirt and polka dot boots, WYFF reported.

The six-year-old has a noticeable speech impediment.

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

Sgt. Antley told reporters on Wednesday that the authorities were expanding 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.

Faye’s grandmother, Ruth Collins, spoke publicly at a prayer vigil for her granddaughter on Tuesday night.

"I want my baby back," Collins said. "We've got to find her."

Everyone has described the missing child as “bubbly,” WLTX reported.

"Faye is a bubbly, energetic," Chief Snellgrove told reporters. "Faye's teacher loves her, Faye's SRO loves her, Faye's classmates love her. When she walks into a room she brightens it up. Everybody loves Faye."

Collins and family friend Monica Foutz said the first grader like to collect rocks and take selfies with her family and friends, according to WLTX.

"She's fun, bubbly, loves to color, always has a smile on her face and the prettiest blue eyes you've ever seen," says Foutz. "A smile that would melt your heart."

Police have not yet issued an Amber Alert for the missing child because the alert requires that there be evidence there has been an abduction and the investigation hasn’t yet determined that.

Comments (9)
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Excalibr4
Excalibr4

300 people looking for her and no AMBER ALERT? WTF?

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

No Amber alert?!! Wtf?!!! Praying that Faye Is found safe I cannot imagine what the family is going through 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

xxcloroxx
xxcloroxx

A Missing Child is cause for an Amber alert, regardless of if they are lost, abducted, just plane missing, stop with the bureaucratic bullshit and issue the Alert.

Pamela1971
Pamela1971

That is the MOST ridiculous amber alert guideline. We are talking about a 6 yr old little girls life here. She’s missing!! There should’ve been an amber alert ASAP!! Praying they find this baby girl. I can’t imagine what her family is going through. Absolutely horrific to think of. 🙏🏻😭

Nativeson5
Nativeson5

Must be Democrats Controled State

Aaron_Kelley
Aaron_Kelley

Please update this article or people will be sharing it across the internet for years, causing pain for her family.

xxcloroxx
xxcloroxx

Well, Maybe If they had Issued the amber alert, it may not have ended this way. Such a tragedy. I've seen other people commenting about that without a make and model of a vehicle they can't stop everyone, bulshit we have DUI checkpoints in this state they stop everyone, you can stop everyone in the event of a missing child I'm sure people will understand! That whole area should have been locked down and every vehicle going in or out of that vicinity should have been searched at checkpoints! Enough of this bullshit it's bullshit, they don't want to spend the money and now a kid is dead.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Depends upon how close in time and space the checkpoint is to the scene of the disappearance. Once some time has passed, a vehicle could be anywhere in the city and police can't do checkpoints all over the city -- both as a practical matter and as a Constitutional matter.

Also, these checkpoints wouldn't be like DUI checks or registration checks -- they would have to be vehicle searches -- which would have make the whole plan unworkable.


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