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Evidence in trash can linked 6-year-old South Carolina girl's death to neighbor, police say

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

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CAYCE, S.C. -- Authorities have linked the death of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik of Cayce with that of a 30-year-old neighbor whose body was found Thursday in the Churchill Heights neighborhood.

Police found evidence in the man's trash can that linked him to Faye's death, said Sgt. Evan Antley of the Cayce Department of Public Safety. The man was identified as Coty Scott Taylor, 30.

Faye was reported missing Monday afternoon. She got off a school bus and was last seen about 3:45 playing in the yard of her mother's house in the Churchill Heights neighborhood off Airport Boulevard in Cayce. Her family searched for her and called police about 5 p.m. to report Faye missing.

Multiple police agencies led by the Cayce Department of Public Safety began searching for Faye nearly around the clock, centering their efforts on the neighborhood. Police knocked on every door in the community.

They held out hope that Faye would be brought back home alive, Snellgrove often said. The search ended Thursday when Faye's body was found in a wooded area near the neighborhood, police said.


Faye was described as bubbly and energetic and was loved by her teacher and classmates at Springdale Elementary School, Snellgrove said at a previous news conference. She liked fancy shoes and dresses, cats and spending time outside.

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