The physique of Faye Marie Swetlik, a 6-year-old lady who mysteriously vanished in entrance of her South Carolina dwelling Monday, has been found and her loss of life is being handled as a murder, investigators mentioned.
“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we are announcing we have found the body, who the coroner has identified, as Faye Marie Swetlik,” Cayce Public Security Director Byron Snellgrove mentioned throughout a brief news conference Thursday afternoon.
No arrests have been made, he mentioned, including that there was no hazard to the general public. He didn’t say the place the physique was situated or give a reason for loss of life.
Snellgrove additionally introduced that throughout the investigation a deceased male was situated within the Churchill Heights neighborhood. He didn’t establish the person and didn’t say whether or not his loss of life was associated to Faye’s disappearance.
Investigators have been final searching for the drivers of two unfamiliar automobiles seen within the Churchill Heights neighborhood of Cayce, S.C., across the time Faye was last seen.
The Cayce Division of Public Security late Wednesday released new video of the automobiles, which seem to be a Chevy Trailblazer SUV and a silver sedan. On Thursday, police mentioned they recognized the SUV and have been persevering with to seek for the sedan.
No proof has pointed to a kidnapping, however investigators mentioned they haven’t dominated out abduction or different prospects, like she walked away from her dwelling or was harmed by somebody she knew.
The three-foot-10 inch, 65-pound first-grader vanished round 3:45 p.m. Monday shortly after getting off her college bus. She was final seen taking part in in entrance of her dwelling. Household looked for Faye for about an hour earlier than calling 911, authorities have mentioned.
“Her mom, her mom’s boyfriend and her father have all been cooperative with us,” Cayce Public Security Director Byron Snellgrove mentioned.
Police released video of the 6-year-old exiting the bus in her final identified outfit: polka dot rain boots, a pink flowered skirt, and a black T-shirt with a neon design and the phrase “PEACE” written on entrance. She lately had her hair reduce to shoulder-length.
Investigators have mentioned that in the middle of the primary 72 hours, greater than 250 officers from a number of companies have been despatched out to canvass the neighborhood, going door-to-door to each home and even looking out some houses. Lots of of hours of video have been scrutinized and witnesses interviewed.
Helicopters have been flying over the neighborhood since Monday, and monitoring canine have combed the streets in quest of clues. The search additionally included close by wooded areas.
Because the investigation ramped up, police blocked the doorway to the Churchill Heights neighborhood to stop anybody outdoors the group from getting into.
Police said an Amber Alert was not issued as a result of the scenario doesn’t meet federally mandated pointers, which name for proof that an abduction has occurred together with sufficient data to help within the little one’s restoration.
Flyers with Faye’s image have been posted throughout Cayce, a metropolis of 14,000 neighboring the state capital of Columbia.
“Faye is a bubbly energetic first-grader at Springdale Elementary College,” Snellgrove mentioned. “When she walks into a room, she brightens it up.”
The division additionally supplied a tip line, (803) 205-4444, for anybody with data to name.