Missing Cayce girl Faye Swetlik is dead.
Byron Snellgrove, director of the Cayce Public Security Department, said the 6-year-old girl’s body was found on Thursday.
Lexington County’s medical examiner, Margaret Fisher, confirmed that the body found was Faye, and the investigation is now a murder.
“With an extremely heavy heart, we announce that we have found a body that the coroner identified as Faye Marie Swetlik,” Snellgrove said at a press conference as he suppressed the tears.
No arrests were made and no Snellgrove suspects identified. He said he wanted to share the news of Faye’s death with the community as soon as possible.
The investigation was said to be fluid, but Snellgrove said he doesn’t think the community is a danger.
According to Snellgrove, the investigators not only discovered the 6-year-old girl, but also discovered the body of a “deceased man” in the Churchill Heights district. A new investigation into this death has been launched.
No information was available on a possible connection between the two deaths.
Law enforcement was strong on the main streets near Churchill Heights, with patrol cars at multiple exits on Interstate 26 and S.C. 302 were stationed.
Vice President Mike Pence was also in Columbia on Thursday and his convoy was passing through this Lexington County area, which could be a factor in the number of police officers visible on the streets.
Faye was reported missing on Monday in Churchill Heights, Cayce officials said.
She returned home on a school bus on Monday and was last seen by the family in their yard at 3:45 p.m., said Sgt.Evan Antley of the Cayce Department of Public Safety.
Faye’s family reported that she was missing from the law enforcement agencies around 5 p.m., and within 40 minutes, 50 rescue workers were looking for the girl near her 16 Londonderry Lane home, Antley said.
That is near the intersection of Edmund Highway or S.C. 302 and Interstate 26 and approximately two miles from Columbia Metropolitan Airport.
Antley said the neighborhood has been blocked by law enforcement officials. It is only accessible to residents and people who worked in the neighborhood on Monday.
Anyone with information about the missing girl is asked to call 803-205-4444.