The body of six-year-old Faye Mary Swetlik, who has been missing since Monday afternoon, has been found in her South Carolina neighborhood.
‘It’s with extremely heavy hearts that we announce we have found the body,’ Director of Public Safety for Cayce, Byron Snellgrove said through tears at a Thursday news conference where he spoke for only about a minute and took no questions.
Snellgrove confirmed that the coroner identified the child’s body this morning.
Faye’s death is being treated as a homicide and no arrests have been made.
The body of an adult male was also found in the Churchill Heights neighborhood during the course of the investigation. That person has not been identified and police did not release information about where exactly the bodies were found.
Snellgrove didn’t give any evidence to connect the two deaths, but said there was no danger to the public.
A DailyMail.com request for comment to the Cayce Department of Public Safety wasn’t immediately returned.
Authorities gave an update on the investigation Thursday morning. At that time, police said they had towed two cars from the home where the child lived.
Sgt Evan Antley with the Cayce Department of Public Safety confirmed that the vehicles were removed from the home but didn’t share details of anything that ‘may or may not have been found in those vehicles’.
The sergeant also confirmed that officers had searched Faye’s home ‘multiple times’.
Police had also closed off the neighborhood where the girl lived to everyone except residents, their visitors and delivery trucks. An officer was also stationed outside of her residence.
At the time, Antley said he couldn’t comment on specific suspects or any persons of interest.
Hundreds of officers in Cayce, along with state police and FBI agents, worked around the clock to try to find the little girl.
Police initially said they were hunting for two cars that were seen in the Churchill Heights neighborhood before Faye vanished after getting home from school on Monday.
Cayce Department of Public Safety posted images of the cars, saying: ‘The two vehicles shown were in the neighborhood during the time #FayeSwetlik was last seen.’
Officials said they have identified the person driving the Chevrolet Trailblazer, but investigators are still seeking information about the silver sedan.
Faye was last seen playing in front of the Londonderry Lane home in Cayce, near Columbia, at approximately 3.45pm.
Her family reported her missing at 5pm, saying they had been searching for her.
Police did not say whether the person driving the Trailblazer lived in the Churchill Heights neighborhood.
Authorities also released footage of Faye getting off her school bus on Wednesday morning as they announced that the search for the girl had been expanded.
In the footage, Faye gets out of her seat, speaks to the bus driver and then exits the vehicle. According to a witness, this was at around 2.50pm Monday.
Faye – a student at Springdale Elementary School – was last seen wearing a black shirt with neon colors, a flower print skirt and polka dot rain boots. The shirt had the word ‘peace’ written on it.
Snellgrove said Faye’s mother, her mother’s boyfriend and Faye’s father have all been cooperating with the investigation.
For the past few days, Faye’s grandmother, Ruth Collins, had been pleading to the public on social media for help with finding her granddaughter.
‘I’m going crazy not knowing where she is,’ Collins wrote in a Facebook post.
In a statement, the family told ABC News that ‘Faye is a bubbly and happy little girl’.
‘She’s not the type of kid that will up and walk away… Faye pays attention to her surroundings. We just want to find Faye and bring her home.’
The child’s mother has not made any public statements since Faye went missing earlier this week.
On Tuesday night, community members gathered at Trinity Baptist Church to pray for Faye’s safe return.
Faye was lactose intolerant with a speech impediment from having a tethered tongue.
Tethered tongue, or ankyloglossia, is when a thick band of tissue tethers the bottom of the tongue to the tip of the floor of the mouth.
‘When she walks into a room she brightens it up. Everyone loves Faye,’ Snellgrove said.
‘Faye loves dresses, fancy shoes, spending time with her family, cats and playing outside.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Valerie Edwards