Faye Swetlik found dead after disappearing from front yard (Reports).
Police shared the tragic news that 6-year-old Faye Swetlik was found dead Thursday, not far from where she was last seen.
Faye disappeared from the front yard of her Cayce, South Carolina home while she was playing outside after school Monday.
Her family reported her missing at 5 p.m., saying they had last seen her at 3:45 p.m.
Thursday around 11 a.m., police found Faye’s body somewhere in her neighborhood. The Lexington County Coroner’s Office said an autopsy will be performed on Feb. 15.
Officers have launched a homicide investigation related to her death but did not share how she died.
The Cayce Department of Public Safety, the Lexington County Coroner’s Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are investigating.
Police also said the body of a deceased male was found in the same neighborhood, and an investigation has started in that case. They did not, however, directly relate the cases at this time. That person has not been identified.
No arrests have been made at this time, but police said there is no danger to the community.
Thursday morning, news crews were alerted to intensified police activity in the Churchill Heights neighborhood. Yellow crime tape was put up near the neighborhood’s entrance as police officers and fire crews blocked anyone from coming in, even residents.
Earlier in the morning, investigators were spotted going through trash cans set out in the neighborhood.
Authorities got hundreds of tips from a hotline they created for the investigation.
Police said they searched the woods, several vehicles, went through surveillance video from the area and followed up by looking in landfills and searching neighbors’ homes and Faye’s home multiple times.
Wednesday morning, Cayce police updated the public with new video showing Faye getting off her school bus Monday afternoon, about an hour before her family said she was last seen in her yard.
It would be the last time she was seen alive.
Faye was a bubbly, artistic child who loved to color and was always kind to others, her family said earlier in the week.
She also loved cats and playing outside. Her favorite colors were pink and purple.
She was in first grade at Springdale Elementary School and many in the community have said her teachers and classmates adored her.
Thursday, Lexington School District Two released the following statement regarding Faye’s death:
“We are heart-broken with news of the death of Faye Swetlik, a first-grade student at Springdale Elementary, who went missing earlier this week. When the school community experiences a tragedy like the loss of a child, it deeply affects all of us.
“Below please find information we sent to our families this afternoon. We will not have further public comment or interviews in coming days, as we focus on supporting our Springdale students, faculty and staff.
“We thank all of the law enforcement agencies that have worked tirelessly this week to bring Faye home. As this investigation is ongoing, we ask anyone who might have information that would help law enforcement to call the hotline at 803-205-4444.