Police link Faye Swetlik's death to neighbor, says 6-year-old died by asphyxiation

CAYCE, S.C. (AP/CNN) Update: Friday, Feb. 18, 2020

A six-year-old girl in South Carolina who was found dead near her home last week was murdered. That's according to the results of Faye Swetlik's autopsy that were released on Tuesday.

Faye went missing while playing in her front yard in Cayce last week, and her body was found in nearby woods three days later. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said the murder actually occurred somewhere else.

"We have concluded that Faye's death was a homicide and took place within only a few hours after she was abducted. The cause of Faye's death has been ruled asphyxiation," said Fisher.

The autopsy of Coty Taylor who investigators say is linked to Faye's murder will be released later on Tuesday.

Taylor was her neighbor and his body was discovered at his home shortly after Faye's remains were found.
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Update Friday, Feb. 14, 2020

Investigators say they found a man dead inside his South Carolina home shortly after finding an item from a missing 6-year-old girl inside his trash can.

Faye Marie Swetlik disappeared Monday while playing in her front yard after getting off the school bus in Cayce. Her death is being investigated as a homicide, although details about how she died have not been released.

Cayce Police say the girl's body was found Thursday in the woods, and police think it was put there after investigators found the evidence inside the trash can of a neighbor, 30-year-old Coty Scott Taylor.

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Authorities say a 6-year-old South Carolina girl who disappeared Monday after getting off her school bus was found dead and a homicide investigation has begun.

Cayce Police also announced at a Thursday news conference that a body of a man was also recently found in Faye Marie Swetlik's neighborhood.

Authorities didn't give any evidence to connect the two deaths, but said there is no danger to the public. They also announced no arrests have been made in the girl's death.

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