CAYCE, SC (WSPA/KETK) – Officials said they have found the body of missing 6-year-old Faye Swetlik three days after she went missing.
The case is now being handled as a homicide.
Cayce, South Carolina, Department of Public Safety Chief Byron Snellgrove made the announcement in a press conference Thursday afternoon.
“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we announce we have found the body of Faye Marie Swetlik,” Snellgrove said.
The coroner has confirmed the child’s identity.
A man’s body was found in Swetlik’s neighborhood, Snellgrove said.
That investigation has just begun, he said.
Cayce Department of Public Safety officials held an earlier press conference Thursday.
Swetlik went missing from Churchill Heights Neighborhood in Cayce on Monday at around 3:45 p.m.
On Wednesday night, officials released new video footage showing two vehicles in the neighborhood during the time Swetlik was last seen. They said tips helped investigators to identify the Chevrolet Trailblazer, but they are still seeking information about the silver vehicle that was seen in the Churchill Heights at the time.
During a news conference Wednesday at Trinity Baptist Church, located at 2003 Charleston Highway, officials stressed the need for people with surveillance video or anyone with any tips about the case to submit them to the Cayce Department of Public Safety.
Shortly after the news conference, City of Cayce officials released video of the 6-year-old getting off of her school bus on Monday.
Police said Swetlik is a first grader at Springdale Elementary School.
On Tuesday, Director Byron Snellgrove with Cayce Department of Public Safety, said Swetlik recently got a hair and when she was getting off the bus on Monday afternoon, she was wearing a black shirt that had the word “PEACE” on it.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 803-205-4444.