CAYCE, S.C. — Investigators say a man found dead in the neighborhood of Faye Swetlik is now linked to the death of the little South Carolina girl who was missing for days.
Sgt. Evan Antley with the Cayce Department of Public Safety said Friday that the man, who the coroner identified identified as 30-year-old Coty Scott Taylor, was found dead in his home.
Antley said on Thursday morning, officers found a critical piece of evidence in a trash can in the community. At the time, officers were planning on an expanded search of the area, but when they found that piece of evidence, they began a new search. Antley said the evidence involved something on the missing persons flyers that had been out there for days.
Cayce Department of Public Safety Chief Byron Snellgrove then discovered Faye's body around 11 a.m. in a wooded area between her home and a nearby NAPA auto parts store. Antley said that her body had not been in the area for a very long time.
A short time later, Taylor's body was found inside his home on Picadilly Square, which is nearby. The coroner would not speculate on how he died until an autopsy is performed Saturday.
Antley would not say if Taylor killed Swetlik, but said he was a neighbor, and was not a relative or family friend. Antley did say there is no community threat, and they are not seeking any persons of interests.
Authorities are treating Swetlik's death as a homicide, but no arrests have been made, according to Snellgrove. He also said there was no danger to the community.
Antley said Taylor had not criminal background and was "not known to law enforcement."
"This is not the outcome we wanted, but this is where we are, and we are working to bring justice to Faye Marie Swetlik."
Investigators say they are going through a large amount of evidence. Cayce DPS is still asking for information that can help the investigation. That tip line to give information is (803) 205-4444.