The Charleston County Sheriff’s Department escorted the body of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik home on Saturday, traveling 110 miles along Interstate 26 from Charleston to Cayce, South Carolina, in a solemn and dignified procession for a little girl taken long before her time, WLTX reported.
Faye’s body was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for an autopsy. Those results are expected to be released on Tuesday, ABC Columbia reported.
Faye was found dead Thursday in a wooded area near her home in Cayce following an exhaustive three-day search after she vanished from her front yard. A neighbor was also found dead nearby, and police have said the deaths are linked.
Police began the search for Faye on Monday when her mother, Selena Collins, called.
“I can’t find my daughter,” Selena says in the 911 call, her voice shaking. “She was playing in the yard and now we can’t find her.”
Cayce police released video showing Faye getting off her school bus Monday afternoon. She walked to her home in the Churchill Heights neighborhood.
A public information officer with the Cayce Department of Public Safety said in a press conference Friday that investigators found an item in a trash can that prompted them to revisit an area that had been searched before. Investigators said they don’t believe her body was in the location very long. Nearby, they found 30-year-old Coty Taylor dead in his home. Although they have said the deaths are linked, police have not said if they believe Taylor was responsible for Faye’s death, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
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[Featured image: Faye Swetlik/Facebook]