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Faye Marie Swetlik, missing S.C. girl found dead: Police identify man found during search

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Faye Marie Swetlik’s mother sounded desperate and distraught Monday when she called 911 to report her six-year-old daughter missing. 

The Greenville News reviewed the audio recordings of Collins’ 911 call on Friday.

Selena Collins breathlessly described what her daughter was wearing when she was last seen playing in the front yard about an hour earlier – details that would later be printed on a flyer and distributed by law enforcement nationwide. 

A detail on that flyer eventually led investigators to the home of a man they said is connected to Faye’s disappearance and death. 

Faye was dropped off at home by a school bus from nearby Springdale Elementary about an hour before the call was made. Her mother told 911 operators she spent the time in between searching for Faye and asking neighbors if they’d seen her. 

The call triggered three days of searches in the Churchill Heights neighborhood where Faye lived. The searches were led by the Cayce Department of Public Safety and involved law enforcement from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office, State Law Enforcement Division and the FBI. 

On Thursday, Faye’s body was found in a wooded area near her home. It was an area investigators had searched before, according to Sergeant First Class Evan Antley with the Cayce Department of Public Safety.

“We believe that Faye had not been in that location for a very long time at all,” Antley told reporters at a Friday press conference. 

Earlier that morning, investigators followed sanitation trucks around the neighborhood to empty trash cans and inspect the contents before they were taken away from the area.

Antley said a critical item connected to the case and listed on the missing child flyer was found in a trash can belonging to a residence at 602 Piccadilly Square. That home sits about 100 to 150 feet from the home where Swetlik lived, he said.

“Based on that discovery, we narrowed down an area that we felt as an investigative team that we needed to go back to and look for more evidence,” Antley said.

As investigators were in the early planning stages of the renewed search, Cayce DPS Director Byron Snelgrove found Faye’s body.

A short time later, investigators found the body of Coty Scott Taylor, 30,  at 602 Piccadilly Square, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. 

Antley said Taylor was linked to the investigation into Faye’s death and that he was not a relative or friend of Faye’s family.

“He was merely a neighbor,” Antley told reporters at a Friday afternoon press conference. 

Taylor did not have a criminal history and was not known to law enforcement, according to Antley.

The investigation is ongoing. Antley said authorities are working to determine whether anyone else was involved. 

Autopsies are scheduled Saturday for both Faye Swetlik and Taylor. 

This is a developing story. Check back with greenvilleonline.com for updates.

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