The body of a little girl from South Carolina who had gone missing earlier this week has now been recovered.
On Thursday, authorities revealed that her body had been found near the remains of an unidentified man and that her death is being treated as a homicide.
6-Year-Old Was Reported Missing on Monday
It was on Monday earlier this week that 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik was first reported as missing. She was last seen playing in front of her home in Cayce, South Carolina.
“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we’re announcing we have found the body, that the coroner has identified as Faye Marie Swetlik,” said Bryan Snellgrove, Cayce Director of Public Safety, to a group of reporters.
“We are now treating this case as a homicide,” and he added that the “investigation has just begun,” following the news that her body had been found near a “deceased male” in her neighborhood of Churchill Heights.
When asked for details about how she died, Snellgrove declined to answer, but he did say, “at this time we feel there is no danger to the community.”
Police have been seen continuing to comb through a wooded area of her neighborhood after the announcement, and so far no arrests have been made.
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Public Statement From the Cayce Department of Public Safety
The Cayce Department of Public Safety made a post about the death of Faye Swetlik on Facebook, stating:
“While we grieve for Faye and try to process this tragedy, we want to ensure you that our work continues and want to let you know what to expect in the coming days.
We are working closely with the Lexington County Coroner’s Office, who will be providing updates related to their role in the investigation.
We would like to remind you that our investigators are processing a large amount of physical evidence.
This is a highly methodical process, so please bear with us as we will continue to communicate with you as much as possible and in the same manner for which you have become accustomed.
As we weep, we work.”