CAYCE, S.C. – The authorities identified a man on Friday whose body was found while looking for Faye Marie Swetlik, a South Carolina girl who was also found dead in Cayce on Thursday.
Coty Scott Taylor, 30, was found dead shortly after Faye’s body was discovered Thursday morning, said Margaret Fisher and Sgt. First Class Evan Antley of the Cayce Department of Public Safety.
Investigators said Taylor was involved in investigating Faye’s death and was not a relative or friend of Faye’s family.
“He was just a neighbor,” Antley told reporters at a press conference on Friday afternoon.
Taylor had no criminal history and was not known to law enforcement officials, Antley said.
Six-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik was reported missing on Monday afternoon, about an hour after getting off the school bus to nearby Springdale Elementary near her home in the Churchill Heights neighborhood of Cayce.
Selena Collins, Faye’s mother, sounded desperate and distraught when she breathlessly described what her daughter was wearing the last time she was seen in the front yard about an hour earlier, according to audio recordings from Collins’ emergency call.
Collins told the 911 operators that she had spent the time between her daughter’s last visit and calling Faye to ask the neighbors if they had seen the girl.
Investigators from the Cayce Department of Public Safety, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office, the State Law Enforcement Division and the FBI searched the neighborhood for days.
Early Thursday, the investigators followed the neighborhood sanitary vehicles, emptied the trash bins, and inspected the contents before they were taken away.
Antley said a critical item related to the case was found in a trash can at Taylor’s home.
“Based on this discovery, we narrowed down an area that we felt was an investigative team and that we had to return to to look for more evidence,” said Antley.
When investigators were planning the search, Byron Snelgrove, director of the Cayce Public Security Department, found Faye’s body in a wooded area near Taylor’s house.
Antley said the area had been raided before, and investigators don’t think she was there long before her body was found.
A short time later, the investigators found Taylor’s body in his house.
The investigation is ongoing. Antley said the authorities are working to determine if anyone else was involved.
Autopsies are planned for both Faye and Taylor on Saturday.
This article originally appeared in the Greenville News: Faye Marie Swetlik found dead: the police identified the SC man found during the search