More than 250 officers from over 20 law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), searched tirelessly throughout the Churchill Heights neighborhood for three days this week.
After finding the item, investigators were quickly organizing a methodical search of nearby woods that had been searched before when Cayce Public Safety Director Byron Snellgrove found Faye's body, Antley said.
Police said they did not think Faye's body had been in the location where they found her for very long. Less than three hours later, Snellgrove's voice trembled as he publicly announced her death.
"I checked all the houses in my neighborhood and anybody that actually answered is out looking for her too", the girl's mother said after carefully describing what her daughter was wearing through tears in the 911 call. They will also do door to door knocks on Tuesday. They want to know where he was around the time Faye was last seen, and what he was doing during the days that Faye was missing.
Faye was a first grader at Springdale Elementary School in West Columbia.
The killing of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik of Cayce has been linked with the death of a 30-year-old neighbor whose body was found Thursday in the Churchill Heights neighborhood. Since she went missing Monday, her story has made national headlines and captured the hearts of thousands across the nation.
Friday, Antley said that evidence found does link the two deaths together. "I can confirm that he was a neighbor, that he was not a relative". He was not a friend. "He was merely a neighbor", Antley said.
Taylor has no criminal history, and wasn't previously known to law enforcement, Antley said.
The body of Faye Swetlik was found Thursday in a wooded area of her neighborhood, near the home of Coty Scott Taylor - whose body police found inside his home.
Antley declined to specify the state of Taylor's body.
Police are treating the girl's death as a homicide.
Autopsies will be conducted on both bodies on Saturday, Fisher said at the briefing.
Police assured residents the area is safe. Sgt. Evan Antley told reporters investigators found evidence in his trash that linked him to Faye, who disappeared Monday after returning home from school.
But sometime around 3:45 p.m., her family realized Faye was missing, he said. Police were called at 5 p.m.
The search initially involved more than 100 officers, including dogs.