Man found dead after missing schoolgirl’s body discovered confirmed as neighbour

A man found dead in the course of the investigation into the death of schoolgirl Faye Swetlik has been identified as her neighbour.

Faye 's family alerted authorities after she went missing on Monday afternoon in South Carolina, US.

Her body was then sadly found and identified by a coroner, a Cayce Department of Public Safety spokesperson told a press conference yesterday afternoon.

It also emerged that the body of an adult male was found in the neighbourhood during the course of the investigation.

In a press conference today, he was identified as 30-year-old Coty Scott Taylor.

Police said he was a neighbour of Faye, but not a family member or friend. They confirmed the two deaths are linked, but have not yet said how.

Faye's body was found in a wooded area, while Scott was found in his residence, the press conference heard.

There are no suspects at this time, no arrests have been made and police say they are "not seeking any persons of interest at this time".

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Authorities said they believe Faye had not been in the location she was found for a long time 'at all'.

"Moments after we located Faye Marie Swetlik we located a deceased male," the press conference heard.

His autopsy will be carried out on Saturday.

A spokesperson for Cayce Department of Public Safety said in the press conference today: "This has been a horrible situation for our community and our department.

"Yesterday was a tough day, possibly the toughest day of many of our working careers."

Police thanked the community for their tips, and the community 'whose homes they searched and whose privacy they invaded'.

They said their work continues "to bring justice for Faye" and their investigation is open.

Cayce Department of Public Safety posted an update on their Facebook page on Thursday which said: "Director Byron Snellgrove just updated community and media that the body of Faye Swetlik has been found.

"Now begins the investigation into her homicide and the Cayce Department of Public Safety, along with local, state and federal law enforcement partners, will continue to work together to bring this case to a close.

"If you have any information that would assist in our investigation the Faye Swetlik hotline is still operational and our is ongoing. 1-803-205-4444."

Faye got off the school bus at around 3.45pm on Monday and is believed to have played in her front garden for a short while before she disappeared.

Her family reported her missing at 5pm and the FBI joined more than 250 officers in the hunt, doing door to door enquiries.

Speaking to ABC news, the family had said: "Faye is a bubbly and happy little girl, she always wants to play and have fun.

"She's not the type of kid that will up and walk away. Her mom was very attentive in watching Faye.

"Faye pays attention to her surroundings."

Law enforcement officers had released the final photo taken of Faye before she got off the school bus.

They had also released the final footage taken of her on the bus in the hope someone would recognise her and get in touch.

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