Evidence found in a dead South Carolina man’s trash can links him to the death of 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik, authorities said Friday.
The body of Coty Scott Taylor, a neighbor of the girl who had been missing since Monday, was found Thursday at his Cayce home, not far from where the first-grader’s body was discovered the same day in a wooded area, Cayce Public Safety Sgt. Evan Antley told reporters during a press conference.
“Our evidence and our investigation does link these two together,” Antley said. “I can confirm that he was a neighbor. He was not a relative, he was not a friend, he was merely a neighbor that lived in Churchhill Heights.”
No suspects nor persons of interest have been identified in Faye’s death, Antley said.
“This has been a tragic situation for our community, for our department and for everyone who has been following the story of Faye Marie Swetlik,” the sergeant continued.
Cops stopped short of directly linking Taylor’s death to the girl’s slaying, which is being investigated as a homicide, authorities said Thursday.
Both bodies were found after the evidence was discovered in Taylor’s trash can.
Antley declined to elaborate on that evidence, defining it solely as “critical” and something that would have been listed on her missing person flier.
Taylor, who has no criminal history, lived at a home roughly 150 feet away from the girl’s, authorities said.
Autopsies for both Swetlik and Taylor will be conducted on Saturday, WJZY reports.
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