CAYCE, SC- The search continues to locate a missing 6-year-old girl who disappeared this past Monday.
Faye Marie Swetlik was last seen playing in her front yard after she returned home from school on Monday afternoon. Now, hundreds have joined in on the search to find this little girl.
Faye, who is a first grader over at Springdale Elementary School, got off her bus on Monday. Yet, after she arrived at her home at Churchill Heights, her parents noticed she wasn’t anywhere to be seen at around 3:45 p.m., according to Cayce Department of Public Safety Sgt. Evan Antley.
The FBI joined the search as well to help locate the missing girl. Sgt. Antley stated the following on the matter and circumstances of her disappearance:
“We’re not sure if she just walked off and is somewhere in the woods or at a neighbor’s house possibly in distress or fallen or something like that.”
Police were contacted at around 5:00 p.m. that Monday when the parents were unable to locate Faye. The search initially started with roughly over 100 law enforcement personnel, which included K-9 units. By Tuesday morning, the number of searchers increased to more than 250.
The Cayce Department of Public Safety’s Facebook page has been providing updates in real time regarding the search efforts.
One of the latest posts from the Facebook page showcased an FBI Missing Person notice with the following caption:
“We are going to continue to ask that you share this latest missing person bulletin from the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation with information on #FayeSwetlik.”
Sgt. Evan Antley with the Cayce Department of Public Safety said that Swetlik’s family is cooperating with the investigation.
But when local media asked if family members are being issued polygraph tests, Sgt. Antley said he could not comment about that aspect of the investigation.
Another post within the same timeframe from the Cayce DPS stated:
“The State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) continues to offer air assistance in the search for #FayeSwetlik and they have been flying over her neighborhood and area since her disappearance two days ago.”
Locals within the area have been eager to help in locating the young girl. Individuals nearby the search area have been reaching out to the Cayce DPS to see how they can assist with ground level searches.
In response, officials stated that the ground searches require copious amounts of coordination between first responders. They had asked the following of those asking how they can help:
“Please focus efforts in assisting with this investigation by sharing the most up to date postings from our social media pages as we are all working together in bringing Faye home. #PrayforFaye #FayeSwetlik.”
Sgt. Antley had the following sentiments to convey regarding the search for the young girl:
“We’re hoping for the best. We want to get Faye back home. So, we’re not leaving any stone unturned. We are exhausting every resource we have and then some.”
We here at Law Enforcement Today are praying that the young girl makes it back home safely and in good health. We’d also ask our readers to please share this article, as any increased awareness could potentially expedite a safe return home for this young girl.
Police are asking that anyone within the Churchill Heights neighborhood that has a home security system akin to Ring to please contact law enforcement immediately.
Faye was last seen wearing a black shirt with the word ‘peace’ on it, along with a flower print skirt and polka dot rain boots, according to the Cayce Department of Public Safety.
Faye is approximately 3 foot 10 inches tall and weighs about 65 pounds. It is also noted that she is lactose intolerant and suffers from a speech impediment.
She currently has shoulder-length hair as well.
Police are asking anybody with information to call the dedicated hotline at 803-205-4444.
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