Missing six-year-old found dead in her neighborhood, another man found dead also

By: David M. Higgins II

UPDATE 2:17 p.m.: CAYCE, S.C. — Cayce Department of Public Safety Chief Byron Snellgrove says Faye Swetlik, the 6-year-old girl who’d been missing for days, has been found dead. 

His voice trembling, Snellgrove said Thursday afternoon, “it is with extremely heavy hearts we announce we have found the body of Faye Marie Swetlik.”

He said they are treating this as a homicide. Another man was found dead in the neighborhood as well. At this time, the investigation into that death is just beginning.

Snellgrove said there is no danger to the community


Cayce, South Carolina- Faye Marie Swetlik was last seen on Monday, February 10, 2020, at 3:45 p.m. playing her yard. The last image of her was her getting off the school bus that afternoon. Swetlik was seen wearing a black t-shirt with the word “PEACE” written on the front.

Police wanted to stress Wednesday morning that people should not believe social media rumors about a body being found.

The search for Faye is still active.

“We’ve noticed a lot of incorrect information on social media that’s being circulated around and being shared across different platforms,” Sgt. Evan Antley, with the Cayce Department of Public Safety, said. “As law enforcement, we are committed to keeping you our community informed with timely and accurate information. What does that mean? That means rumors that are false could potentially divert valuable resources from our mission of bringing Faye home.”

As to why no Amber Alert has been issued; officials said the following criteria must be met for an Amber Alert to be activated:

  • a law enforcement agency or agencies must believe the child has been abducted,
  • if the child is under 17 and the agency believes they’re in immediate danger or serious harm,
  • all other possibilities for the disappearance have been reasonably excluded,
  • there is sufficient information available to give to the public,
  • the child’s name and other critical data have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

Faye’s information has been entered into NCIC as a missing person, officials said.

Swetlik is lactose intolerant and has a speech impediment.

If you have any information concerning this person, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.


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David M. Higgins II

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in Digital Marketing, eventually leading him back to his passion. David started The Southern Maryland Chronicle in December 2017 and has grown it to become the #1 news source in Southern Maryland.

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