Missing 6-year-old girl found dead, being treated as homicide

Missing 6-year-old girl found dead, being treated as homicide

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First grader Faye Swetlik was last seen at about 3:45 p.m. Monday.

February 13, 2020, 6:01 PM

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Authorities in South Carolina are asking the public to help find the owner of a car that was spotted close to where a 6-year-old girl vanished without a trace this weekend.

First-grader Faye Swetlik was last seen around 3:45 p.m. Monday. She had gotten off the school bus and was playing in front of her home in Cayce, just outside of Columbia, according to the Cayce Department of Public Safety.

Missing 6-year-old Faye Swetnik is seen in this video released by the city of Cayce as she got off her school bus Feb. 10, 2020.

Missing 6-year-old Faye Swetnik is seen in this video released by the city of Cayce as she got off her school bus Feb. 10, 2020.City of Cayce

The Department of Public Safety said Thursday morning it's looking to identify the owner of a silver sedan that was seen in Faye's neighborhood, Churchill Heights, before she disappeared.

Authorities were able to reach the owners of the other car, a Chevrolet Trailblazer, after receiving tips.

"Speaking with everyone in the neighborhood at the time Faye was last seen is an important part of our work to bring her home," Department of Public Safety officials said.

Investigators have been examining the Lexington County landfill looking for clues, Sgt. Evan Antley of the Cayce Public Safety Department said at a news conference Thursday.

"We are leaving no stone unturned," he said. "We are looking for even the smallest piece of evidence that could point us in the direction of bringing Faye home."

"The phone line has been ringing nonstop," Antley added.

A Cayce police officer approaches a vehicle at a road block near an entrance to the Churchill Heights neighborhood, Feb. 13, 2020, in Cayce, S.C., where six year-old Faye Marie Swetlik recently went missing.

A Cayce police officer approaches a vehicle at a road block near an entrance to the Churchill Heights neighborhood, Feb. 13, 2020, in Cayce, S.C., where six year-old Faye Marie Swetlik recently went missing.Sean Rayford/AP

Missing 6-year-old Faye Swetnik is seen in this video released by the city of Cayce as she got off her school bus Feb. 10, 2020.

Missing 6-year-old Faye Swetnik is seen in this video released by the city of Cayce as she got off her school bus Feb. 10, 2020.City of Cayce

Faye's family has been cooperating with the investigation, he said.

Investigators also knocked on every door in her neighborhood, combed through hundreds of hours of video and interviewed witnesses, officials said Wednesday.

"She’s not the type of kid that will up and walk away," her family said in a statement. "Faye pays attention to her surroundings."

"We just want to find Faye and bring her home," the family said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Faye Swetlik Hotline at 803-205-4444.

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