CAYCE, S.C. – Autopsy results were released Tuesday in the death of 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik and Coty Scott Taylor, 30.
Faye’s cause of death was asphyxiation, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. Faye’s death took place within a few hours of her abduction days before her body was found, Fisher said.
Faye was last seen playing in her yard Feb. 10 before she was reported missing. A multi-agency search for the first-grader spanned three days and centered on an area within about a mile of her home.
Her body was found Feb. 13 in a wooded area near her home after investigators located a critical piece of evidence during a search of neighborhood trash cans.
Cayce Department of Public Safety Director Byron Snellgrove said the evidence found during that search included a child’s polka dot boot and a ladle with freshly dug dirt in it. The trash can in which the items were found was associated with the home of Taylor.
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Investigators determined the child’s death did not occur at the location where her body was discovered and her body had only been at that location for a short time, Fisher said.
Fisher said she would only speak about Faye during the press conference, out of respect for the child’s family
Taylor was found dead at a residence nearby. Investigators said he was connected to Faye’s disappearance and death late last week, but they did not say how he was involved.
Snellgrove said Taylor was interviewed by investigators Wednesday afternoon and was cooperative and gave them permission to search inside his home. Investigators did not find anything at the home that lead him to believe he was connected to the case at that time, Snellgrove said.
An autopsy was performed on Taylor over the weekend.
A funeral for Faye will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce, according to an obituary shared by Caughman-Harman Funeral Home in Lexington.