UPDATE: Cayce Department of Public Safety officials confirmed that the body of missing 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik was found Thursday.
Cayce Department of Public Safety’s Director Byron Snellgrove spoke to members of the media at around 2 p.m. Thursday. Public Safety officials address media earlier in the morning Thurday at around 10:45 a.m.
“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we’re announcing that we have found the body that the coroner has identified as Faye Marie Swetlik. We are now treating this case as a homicide,” Snellgrove said. “As this community has been working hard to find Faye and bring her home safely, we wanted you to know as soon as possible.”
“At this time no arrests have been made. You need to know that this is a fluid investigation and that we’re working diligently on it. We also need to inform you that during the course of our investigation a deceased male was located in the Churchill Heights neighborhood. That investigation has just begun,” Snellgrove said.
Faye’s body was located in the same neighborhood as the unidentified man.
“At this time we feel there is no danger to the community,” he said. “We will continue to provide more information as it becomes available.”
The community reacting the the sad news. Many who knew her say she had a bubbly personality and an infectious smile.
Employees of a gas station near the Churchill Heights neighborhood say Faye and her mother used to come in nearly every day to buy doughnuts. They say Faye’s smile would brighten their day.
“She’s so bubbly she’s got that very smile on her face like if we were having a rough day whether it was dealing with a customer or it’s just like in general you would see that little smile on her face and it kind of brightens up the day. This is really shocking for us right now because we were hoping and praying,” Wendy Sinopoli said.
Sinopoli said employees were planning to buy Faye ice cream when she returned home. They say it saddens them that they’ll never get to do that.
“Under the circumstances of how it happened we’re just like really shocked right now we’re waiting for her to walk through that little door and she’s just not going to so we’re trying to figure it all out,” Sinopoli said.
Employees at the gas station are hoping to create a permanent remembrance of Faye there to make sure her happy spirit lives on.
CAYCE, SC (WSPA) – Officials will be holding a second news conference at 1 p.m. in regard to missing 6-year-old girl Faye Swetlik in Cayce, S.C.
The first news conference held by Cayce Department of Public Safety officials was held Thursday morning at 10:45 a.m.
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.