CAYCE, S.C. – Autopsy results show 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik of Cayce, South Carolina, died of asphyxiation and was killed by Coty Scott Taylor who lived nearby Faye’s home, authorities announced Tuesday
Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said Faye’s death was determined to be a homicide and took place within a few hours of her abduction days before her body was found.
Faye was last seen playing in her yard Feb. 10 before she was reported missing. A multi-agency search involving more than 300 law enforcement officers spanned three days and centered on an area within about a mile of the first-grader’s home.
Investigators interviewed Taylor — 30, the man they believe to be responsible for Faye’s death — on Wednesday. Taylor lived just 100 to 150 feet from Faye’s home.
Cayce Department of Public Safety Director Byron Snellgrove said Taylor was cooperative and gave them permission to search inside his home. Investigators did not find anything at the home that suggested Taylor was connected to the case at that time, Snellgrove said.
Fisher said evidence shows Faye was already dead at the time Taylor was interviewed, but they believe her body was moved to a wooded area near her home just hours before she was found.
Snellgrove found Faye’s body on Feb. 13 after investigators located a child’s polka dot boot and a ladle with freshly dug dirt in it during a search of neighborhood trash cans.
The trash can in which the items were found was associated with the home of Taylor.
After calling for assistance to search that home, Snellgrove located Faye’s body nearby.
A short time later, Taylor’s body was found on the patio of the home.
Investigators believe Taylor killed Faye within hours of her abduction on Feb. 10 and moved her body under the cover of darkness in the early morning hours of Feb. 13. Her body was found Feb. 13 in a wooded area near her home.
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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.