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Missing South Carolina girl found dead, police say

Noah Feit and David Travis Bland, The State (Columbia, S.C.) on

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CAYCE, S.C. -- Faye Swetlik, a 6-year-old Cayce girl missing since Monday, has been found dead.

Byron Snellgrove, director of the Cayce Department of Public Safety, said the girl's body was found Thursday. He also announced that a male's body was found, and authorities said the bodies were found near each other. No other details about Faye or the male, including his identity or age, were available.

"It is with extremely heavy hearts we're announcing we found a body the coroner identified as Faye Marie Swetlik," Snellgrove said while choking back tears at a news conference.

No arrests have been made, and no suspects were identified by Snellgrove. He said he wanted to share the news of Faye's death with the community as soon as possible.

The investigation was called fluid, but Snellgrove said he doesn't believe the community is in any danger. A new investigation into the male's death has been opened.

Information on any possible connection between the two deaths was not available.


Earlier in the week, Snellgrove described Faye as bubbly and energetic and said she was loved by her teacher and classmates at Springdale Elementary School. She liked fancy shoes and dresses, cats and spending time outside.

Her family issued a statement earlier in the week that said Faye "always wants to play and have fun. She's not the type of kid that will up and walk away," according to WHNS-TV of Greenville.

Lexington County School District 2, which Springdale Elementary is part of, released a statement that said it was "heartbroken with news of the death."

"When the school community experiences a tragedy like the loss of a child, it deeply affects all of us," the district said.


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