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    Faye Swetlik

Body of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik found

Male body found in Churchill Heights neighborhood same day

The body of missing Cayce girl Faye Marie Swetlik has been found.

Byron Snellgrove, director of the Cayce Department of Public Safety, made the announcement at an impromptu afternoon press conference Thursday.

Snellgrove also announced the discovery of a deceased male found in the Churchill Heights neighborhood.

Snellgrove did not take questions after the announcements.

Capt. Adam Myrick of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, via Twitter, said” “Snellgrove says a deceased male was also found near Faye’s body. That investigation is in its early stages.”

Snellgrove said no arrests have been made, but there is no threat related to Faye’s case.

Faye, a first-grader at Springdale Elementary school, was reported as missing by her family around 5 pm Monday after getting off of the school bus near her home in Churchill Heights, in Cayce. That’s off of Hwy. 302, or Edmund Highway.

Before the press conference Thursday, law enforcement investigators accompanied garbage collection crews and searched as they emptied trash receptacles. Around noon Thursday the pressence of police increased and cars were being turned away from entering the Churchill Heights neighborhood. Back entrances were closed, too.

As the search for Faye intensified, the FBI, SLED and law enforcement personnel were called in from several municipalities, with K9 teams and the Lexington and Richaland sheriff’s departments.

Snellgrove said the Swetlik case is now being treated as a homicide.


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