Officials swarm SC neighborhood where missing 6-year-old was last seen

02/14/2020 04:00 | NaN

Officials swarm SC neighborhood where missing 6-year-old was last seen

The FBI is now involved in the search.

Officers also found the body of a man during the search.

Faye Marie Swetlik was last seen playing in her front yard last Monday.

The search area has been expanded out past the initial one-mile radius, and has now stretched nearly to Interstate 26. Faye Marie Swetlik of Cayce was reported missing at 5pm, roughly an hour after she was last seen playing outside her home in the Churchill Heights neighborhood.

The first grader at Springdale Elementary School got off her bus on Monday afternoon and safely arrived at her house in the Churchill Heights neighborhood, according to Cayce police Sgt. Evan Antley.

The investigation is now focused on the neighborhood where Faye lives and the home she shares with her mother and grandmother.

Authorities said Tuesday there is no evidence Faye was abducted.

Officials have kept their search extremely limited over the course of their investigation -stretching just past the 1-mile radius of the Churchill Heights neighborhood. Faye pays attention to her surroundings.

"We've not ruled anything out", Snellgrove said. "We are now treating this case as a homicide", Cayce Public Safety Director Byron Snellgrove said at a news conference Thursday afternoon. He said he wanted to share the news with the community as soon as possible.

Tuesday afternoon, WIS reporter Caroline Hecker saw Federal Bureau of Investigation agents scouring the property where Faye was last seen. They reviewed video captured by security cameras and combed through tips that flowed to a phone line dedicated to the case.

Investigators have towed two cars away from the property. Please check back for more information.

Chief Snelgrove said that at this point, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was lending their support in the case because everyone was so concerned about the child.

Anyone who has video from the area between 2 and 5 p.m. Monday are urged to call the hotline.

Authorities said they planned to go door-to-door through the neighborhood on Tuesday. They've already followed up on about 50 of them and Snellgrove said they are going to exhaust all leads.

Cayce officials described Faye as white with strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes. She's 3-foot-10-inches tall and weighs about 65 pounds. He said she could have hurt herself preventing her return. "We just want to find Faye and bring her home".

Snellgrove said Faye's hair is shorter than in the pictures they have shared with the public so far. The FBI has also joined the search. SLED said it is lending air units and K-9 units and WIS reporters did see SLED helicopters in the area. The number of searchers increased to more than 250 by Tuesday morning (local time), according to the Cayce Department of Public Safety. Investigators also searched a landfill.


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