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 during routine search. 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 also nearby. The coroner would not speculate on how he died until an autopsy is performed Saturday.