Faye Swetlik, the 6-year-old woman who was found dead last Thursday in Cayce, S.C., after disappearing from her front yard three days earlier, was killed by her neighbor who acted because the “sole perpetrator,” investigators mentioned Tuesday.
She additionally mentioned Swetlik died only a few hours after the neighbor, 30-year-old Coty Taylor, kidnapped her.
“The lack of Faye, an harmless youngster, who was merely enjoying in her personal yard… has been extraordinarily tough to all of us,” Fisher mentioned.
The woman’s physique turned up in a wooded space in her neighborhood. Officers haven’t launched details about the situation of her physique out of respect for her household.
The woman got off a school bus and was final seen enjoying in her entrance round on Feb. 10. Greater than 200 officers from a number of regulation enforcement businesses searched over three days for her, knocking on doorways and organising roadblocks to query individuals who got here out and in of the neighborhood.
Cayce Division of Public Security Director Byron Snellgrove mentioned investigators discovered a toddler’s polka-dot boot and a soup ladle crammed with recent filth in Taylor’s trash Thursday.
That proof led them to seek out the woman’s physique in woods that had been searched beforehand. Inside minutes of discovering her physique, investigators mentioned they discovered Taylor lifeless inside his house.
Cayce Division of Public Security Director Byron Snellgrove mentioned the 2 instances had been linked. Investigators didn’t elaborate on the circumstances surrounding Taylor’s dying.
The woman’s disappearance shocked Cayce, a small metropolis of about 13,000 within the suburbs of the state’s capital metropolis, Columbia. A number of prayer vigils happened whereas she was lacking and after her physique was discovered.
A public memorial for Faye is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce.
The Related Press contributed to this report.