The physique of Faye Marie Swetlik, a 6-year-old lady who mysteriously vanished in entrance of her South Carolina residence Monday, has been found and her loss of life is being handled as a murder, investigators mentioned.
“It’s with extraordinarily heavy hearts that we’re asserting we now have discovered the physique, who the coroner has recognized, as Faye Marie Swetlik,” Cayce Public Security Director Byron Snellgrove mentioned throughout a quick information convention 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 positioned or give a reason behind loss of life.
Investigators had circulated photos of Faye in an effort to help their search. The left photograph is in regards to the size of Faye’s hair now, police mentioned.
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Snellgrove additionally introduced that throughout the investigation a deceased male was positioned within the Churchill Heights neighborhood. He didn’t determine the person and didn’t say whether or not his loss of life was associated to Faye’s disappearance.
Investigators had been final in search of the drivers of two unfamiliar automobiles seen within the Churchill Heights neighborhood of Cayce, S.C., across the time Faye was final seen.
The Cayce Division of Public Security late Wednesday launched new video of the vehicles, which seem to be a Chevy Trailblazer SUV and a silver sedan. On Thursday, police mentioned they recognized the SUV and had been persevering with to seek for the sedan.
The automobiles police are looking for seem like an older mannequin Chevy Trailblazer SUV and a sedan.
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No proof has pointed to a kidnapping, however investigators mentioned they haven’t dominated out abduction or different potentialities, like she walked away from her residence 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 faculty bus. She was final seen taking part in in entrance of her residence. Household looked for Faye for about an hour earlier than calling 911, authorities have mentioned.
A Cayce police officer blocked an entrance to the Churchill Heights neighborhood on Thursday as investigators continued to seek for Faye. (AP Picture/Sean Rayford)
“Her mom, her mom’s boyfriend and her father have all been cooperative with us,” Cayce Public Security Director Byron Snellgrove mentioned.
Police launched 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 just lately had her hair lower to shoulder-length.
Investigators have mentioned that in the middle of the primary 72 hours, greater than 250 officers from a number of businesses had been despatched out to canvass the neighborhood, going door-to-door to each home and even looking out some houses. A whole bunch of hours of video had been scrutinized and witnesses interviewed.
Helicopters have been flying over the neighborhood since Monday, and monitoring canines 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 forestall anybody outdoors the neighborhood from coming into.
Police mentioned an Amber Alert was not issued as a result of the state of affairs 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 had 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 right into a room, she brightens it up.”
The division additionally offered a tip line, (803) 205-4444, for anybody with data to name.