Crime Suspected killing of 6-year-old girl 'linked' to dead man nearby, police say

20:55  14 february  2020
20:55  14 february  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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The suspected slaying of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik in South Carolina is "linked" to a 30-year-old male neighbor who was found dead shortly after her body was discovered, authorities said Friday.

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Police in the Columbia suburb of Cayce declined to explain how the man, Coty Scott Taylor, is connected to the death of the girl who went missing after school Monday, but they said no suspects are being sought in either person's death and the public is safe.

a woman smiling for the camera: Faye Marie Swetlik.© Cayce Department of Public Safety Faye Marie Swetlik.

"What I will tell you is they are linked," Cayce Sgt. Evan Antley told reporters.

Faye was last seen Monday afternoon playing outside her family's home in the Churchill Heights neighborhood of Cayce.

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Police honed in on a garbage truck Thursday and found evidence in trash before it was hauled away which quickly led them to the girl's body, according to Antley. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

"As part of that search we located a critical item of evidence related to our investigation," Antley said. "Based on that discovery, we narrowed down an area that we felt, as an investigative team, that we needed to go back to."

It was the city's director of public safety, Byron Snellgrove, who made the grim discovery of the girl's body in a wooded area of Churchill Heights, according to Antley.

"We believe that Faye not not been in that location for a long time at all," Antley said. "A short time later, just moments after locating Faye Marie Swetlik, we located a deceased male."

During their search for the girl, police had interviewed Taylor, who had no known criminal history, and had even been inside the man's home, police said.

"I can confirm that he was a neighbor, that he was not a relative, he was not a friend. He was merely a neighbor," Antley said. "At this time. I want to assure you, our community, and all of our parents out there, that we have no reasons to believe there is an active threat."

Faye Swetlik: Her death is linked to a neighbor, police say .
The death of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik, who vanished outside her home in South Carolina this week, is "linked" to a neighbor whose body was discovered shortly after hers was found, police say. © FBIThe corpse of Coty Scott Taylor, 30, was found in his residence about 150 feet from the girl's house, Cayce Department of Public Safety Sgt. Evan Antley told reporters Friday before releasing the frantic 911 call of Faye's mother. Faye went missing Monday. Her body was found Thursday and identified by the coroner."Evidence and our investigation does link these two together," Antley said of the deaths.

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