CAYCE, S.C. (WMBF/WIS) – Authorities announced Thursday afternoon the body of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik had been found.
The announcement came during a brief press conference, where authorities announced that the case has now turned into a homicide investigation.
Authorities also announced the body of a male was found during the search of the Churchill Heights neighborhood. That person has not been identified at this time, and investigators would not say if the man’s body is connected to the case.
No arrests have been made at this time and investigators said it remains a “fluid investigation.” Authorities also said they don’t believe there is a threat to the community.
The announcement came after a significant police presence was seen in the neighborhood where Swetlik disappeared.
Investigators were spotted Thursday morning going through trash cans set out in the neighborhood where she was last seen. Crews with the Lexington County and West Columbia fire departments were involved in that search.
Thursday marked day four of the search for Faye. Her family said they last saw her playing in the yard Monday, Feb. 10, after school around 3:45 p.m. They reported her missing to police around 5 p.m.
The search for Faye had an impact not only in Cayce but across the state. Now, Faye’s loved ones and community members are left to deal with the heartbreak of her death.
“Devastated. I’ve been praying for her every day," one Cayce resident told WMBF News.
“She was an innocent person. An innocent kid. She had her whole life ahead of her. So it’s sad. It’ll be on my mind for a while," added another Cayce resident.
WMBF News will continue to bring you updates on this story that has gripped the entire state.