Cayce spokesman identifies man found deceased in Churchill Heights

Nellie Chapman
February 15, 2020

Sgt. Evan Antley of the Cayce, S.C., public safety department told reporters investigators located the body of first-grader Faye Marie Swetlik after the undisclosed evidence connected to her disappearance in the trash of a neighborhood house.

Faye was last seen getting off the school bus Monday afternoon. Antley did not give any detail about who was home in the afternoon, saying it was all part of the developing investigation.

30-year-old Coty Scott Taylor - who lived less than 150 feet away from Faye Swetlik's home - was found dead at his home at 602 Picadilly Square, officials said in a Friday press conference.

But Sgt Antley said the item found in Mr Taylor's rubbish on Thursday was something listed on the missing person flyer created after she disappeared.

Police made the discovery shortly after they found evidence in his trash can that led them the young girl's remains in a wooded area near her home on Londonderry Square.

Swetlik's body had not been in the wooded area "for a very long time at all", Antley said. The sergeant announced they had no reason to believe there's an active threat, or that there's other persons of interest, but they are working to make sure no one else is involved. Asked specifically if authorities believe Taylor killed Faye Swetlik, Antley said he could not say at this time.

They knocked on every door in the neighbourhood and Mr Taylor spoke to police in his home before the evidence was discovered, Sgt Antley said.

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Taylor was a neighbor of Faye's - not a relative or any kind of a friend, police said.

"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. "We have no suspects at this time". The cases are linked, the official said. Police had talked to him and searched inside his home, they said.

Autopsies will be conducted on both bodies on Saturday, Fisher said at the briefing.

PHOTO: Poster for missing 6-yr-old, Faye Swetlik.

"This is not the outcome we wanted", a distraught-sounding Antley said.

Authorities were called at 5 p.m., a little more than an hour after Faye's family realized she was missing. More than 250 officers and investigators spent the past few days searching for her. It prompted nationwide attention while hundreds of investigators and officers carried out a search.

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