Police have ‘linked’ dead neighbor to missing 6-year-old SC girl found dead

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Faye Swetlik, 6, vanished while playing outside her home in Churchill Heights Neighborhood, Cayce, South Carolina. (Photo: Cayce Dept. of Public Safety)

CAYCE, SC (WIS/WBTV) — A man found dead in the neighborhood where 6-year-old Faye Swetlik disappeared was identified by officials Friday as Faye’s neighbor, 30-year-old Coty Scott Taylor.

Faye’s body was found in a wooded area this week after she vanished from her Churchill Heights neighborhood Monday afternoon.

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Officials say they found a “critical item of evidence” in Taylor’s trashcan that linked him to Faye. Taylor, who resided in Churchill Heights, was Faye’s neighbor. “He was not a relative or a friend,” officials said.

“This has been a tragic situation for our community, for our department, and for everyone who has been following the story of Faye Marie Swetlik,” officials said Friday.

Regarding where the bodies were found, officials say Faye’s body was found in a wooded area near her home and Taylor’s body was found a short time later at his home.

“We believe that Faye had not been in that location for a very long time at all,” officials said, of an area they had previously searched multiple times.

Faye’s family says the girl disappeared while playing in her yard a short time after getting off the school bus.

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