What happened to Faye Swetlik? SC Police ID man found found dead

Clay Curtis
February 15, 2020

While her body was located in a wooded area of the neighborhood, near one of the entrances, Taylor's body was found in his home, police said.

SC police on Friday identified the second body found in the case of missing 6-year-old Faye Swetlik as Coty Scott Taylor, a 30-year-old neighbor of the girl.

Cayce Department of Public Safety Sgt. Evan Antley said that Coty Scott Taylor, 30, has been linked to the homicide after he was found dead in his Churchill Heights home Thursday morning.

Antley said that officers had located the body of Faye in the woods near her residence close to the NAPA Auto Parts on Airport Boulevard.

Taylor had no criminal history, was unknown to police and wasn't any kind of acquaintance of the Swetlik family's, Antley added. While he wouldn't identify what that evidence was, he said that it was a "critical piece of evidence that would have been listed on her missing person's flier".

Faye Marie Swetlik disappeared Monday while playing in her front yard after getting off the school bus, investigators said. Relatives last saw her playing in a yard before reporting her missing to police at about 5 p.m. Monday. Antley revealed that while Faye remained missing, investigators were following sanitation trucks, and checking people's garbage before these bags were taken away.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News.

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Antley said Taylor was a neighbor of Swetlik.

Investigators sealed off the entrance to the neighbourhood for a while, questioning everyone going in and out, said Sgt Antley, who thanked them for their patience.

According to Antley, the evidence that led to the discovery of Faye's body was found inside a trash can outside of Taylor's home. She had been missing about an hour.

"I checked all the houses in my neighbourhood and anybody that actually answered is out looking for her too", the girl's mother said after carefully describing what her daughter was wearing through tears in the 911 call. Asked specifically if authorities believe Taylor killed Faye Swetlik, Antley said he could not say at this time. But investigators went back and looked for more evidence.

"We went in there and turned their lives upside down. We have made no arrests and we are not seeking any persons of interest as of this time".

"But we did it for a reason and we had a goal". Several prayer vigils were held while she was missing and after her body was found.

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