Authorities on Friday identified a man whose body was found during the search for Faye Marie Swetlik, a South Carolina girl who was also found dead Thursday in Cayce.
Coty Scott Taylor, 30, was found dead shortly after Faye’s body was found Thursday morning, said Lexington County coroner Margaret Fisher and Sgt. First Class Evan Antley with the Cayce Department of Public Safety.
Investigators said Taylor was linked to the investigation into Faye’s death and that he was not a relative or friend of Faye’s family.
“He was merely a neighbor,” Antley told reporters at a Friday afternoon news conference.
Taylor did not have a criminal history and was not known to law enforcement, Antley said.
Six-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik was reported missing Monday afternoon about an hour after getting off her school bus from nearby Springdale Elementary near her home in the Churchill Heights neighborhood in Cayce.
Selena Collins, Faye’s mother, sounded desperate and distraught as she breathlessly described what her daughter was wearing when she was last seen playing in the front yard about an hour earlier, according to audio recordings of Collins’ 911 call.