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Crime Coroner releases cause of death for 6-year-old Faye Swetlik

23:20  18 february  2020
23:20  18 february  2020 Source:   wyff4.com

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Faye Swetlik 's devastated family have been offered a free funeral service for the tragic six - year - old who was found dead in woodland near her home in Cayce, South Carolina last week. Caughman-Harman Funeral Home in nearby Lexington has agreed to provide its services free of charge to Faye 's

The Lexington County Coroner released the cause of death Tuesday for Faye Swetlik, the 6-year-old girl found dead Thursday in Cayce, South Carolina, after vanishing from her front yard.

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Coroner Margaret Fisher, who appeared visibly shaken and emotional, told reporters Faye died just a few hours after she was abducted on Feb. .

The cause of death was asphyxiation, Fisher said.

"There are no adequate words express the depth of our sadness and our sympathy to Faye's parents," Fisher said, adding that her heart breaks for them.

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Swetlik was last seen playing in front of her home last Monday (February 10). Her body was recovered and identified Thursday afternoon (February 13). Police confirmed that one of her neighbors, an adult male, was also found dead . Authorities said the deceased man is linked to Swetlik 's death .

"I am so deeply sorry for what you are going through and for the loss of your precious baby girl. No parent should ever have to know such pain," Fisher said.

Fisher said no other information about the autopsy would be released by her department unless it was necessary for the investigation, out of respect for the family.

Faye's body was found in the nearby woods Thursday morning moments before a neighbor was found dead in his home, officials said.

Investigators have said they found a clue about her disappearance that morning in the trash can of 30-year-old Coty Scott Taylor.

Authorities said the cases are linked by DNA.

After the news conference, officials released to the media autopsy results for Taylor.

The autopsy concluded that Taylor died by suicide from an "incised wound to the neck," according to the coroner.

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Faye went missing Monday. Her body was found Thursday and identified by the coroner . Antley provided no details on the condition of his body or cause of death . Police are treating the girl’s death as a homicide. Her autopsy will be conducted Saturday, according to the Lexington County Coroner ’s

No other information about Taylor was released.

A vigil to celebrate Faye's life will be held at 5:30 p.m. in front of Cayce City Hall.

Video below: Faye's body escorted back to Cayce after her autopsy in Charleston:

A memorial service for Faye will be Friday at 7 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce.

To view the obituary, click here.

Caughman Harman Funeral Home said all funeral expenses will be covered.

Video below: Vigil held on Saturday night

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