Missing South Carolina 6-year-old found dead

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A homicide investigation into the girl's death has been launched, Cayce Department of Public Safety Director Byron Snellgrove told reporters during a Thursday news conference. Antley said that based on preliminary information, they believed Faye hadn't been at that location for a very long time. That led them back to a man's house - the man who was also found dead.

Antley thanked the neighborhood for being patient and working with law enforcement officers during what he described as an invasive search.

Faye was a first grader at Springdale Elementary School.

Officials identified a man who was found dead near the body of missing 6-year-old SC girl Faye Swetlik, saying he was her 30-year-old neighbor.

"We would like to remind you that our investigators are processing a large amount of physical evidence", the Cayce Department of Public Safety posted to Facebook Thursday evening. Authorities said her body was ultimately found in a wooded area not far from her home. Antley revealed that while Faye remained missing, investigators were following sanitation trucks, and checking people's garbage before these bags were taken away. Janet Shamlian is in SC with the latest details law enforcement has shared in their investigation.

Police have not made any arrests and have no suspects, Antley said, but authorities are still investigating and are keeping details about the case limited for that reason. While he wouldn't identify what that evidence was, he said that it was a "critical piece of evidence that would have been listed on her missing person's flier".

They found Swetlik in a wooded area between her home and a NAPA Auto Parts, Antley said. Taylor's body was discovered a short time later.

Police did not share Taylor's cause of death. On Friday. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified that man as Coty Scott Taylor, 30. An autopsy for both Faye and Taylor is scheduled for Saturday.

Police assured residents the area is safe. She vanished Monday after school, and was last seen playing in her front yard, according to her family.

Investigators want to know more about Taylor.

Antley emphasized that Taylor wasn't a relative or a friend, just a neighbor of Swetlik's.

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