Terrible call from Faye Swetlik’s mother while she reported her missing for three days before the body was found
The heartbreaking call from tragic Faye Swetlik’s mother an hour after the young girl went missing on Monday reveals that she and neighbors had checked all the surrounding houses for the six-year-old before calling the police.
Selena Collins can be heard fighting with tears in the disturbing call as she says to the coordinator: “I can’t find my daughter.”
The missing body of South Carolina’s six-year-old Faye Swetlik was found Thursday in a wooded area near her home before her male neighbor Coty Scott Taylor, 30, was also found dead in his home. He lived about 100 meters from the little girl’s house.
Authorities confirmed on Friday that the body of Faye was found in the forest between her home in Churchill Heights and a Napa Auto Parts store in Cayce, South Carolina, on Thursday around 11 a.m. “a critical piece of evidence” was found in Taylor’s trash.
Faye Swetlik with her mother Selena Collins who made the disturbing 911 call on Monday after the six-year-old had disappeared
The body of Coty Scott Taylor (photo), linked to the (correct) death of Faye Swetlik, was found dead in his house shortly after the remains of the six-year-old were discovered in the woods next to both of their houses
The last moments: an aerial map shows the proximity between the house of Faye, the house of suspected murderer Coty Scott Taylor and the wooded area where the body of the little girl was found
Selena Collins, pictured here with her daughter Faye, fights through tears as she makes the 911 call to report her missing
TIMETABLE FOR THE PAST OF FAYE
Monday at 2.45 p.m.
Faye Swetlik gets out of a school bus after attending the first grade at the Sprindale Elementary School
Monday, between 2.45 pm and 3.44 pm
Faye last plays in front of her house on Londonderry Square in Churchill Heights when her mother finds out she’s missing
Monday 5 p.m.
Faye’s mother, Selena Collins, reports her missing after a frantic search in the neighborhood. Up to 50 officers canvas nearby. Chief Byron Snellgrove of the Department of Public Safety said there was no evidence of kidnapping at the time and that her disappearance did not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert
FBI and SLED helicopter teams, together with more than 200 investigators, are looking for Faye. A tip hotline number is set for the public. Community members gather at Trinity Baptist Church to pray for the safe return of Faye
Police officers continue to knock on doors in the neighborhood, but admit in a press conference that not everyone has been spoken in their search area. The police are also searching the forest behind the houses. They also make a public call to the drivers of an SUV and another car in the area to contact them. Only one driver does that
Cops discover a “critical” piece of evidence in a 602 Picadilly Square trash can, where Coty Scott Taylor, 30, lives. The police do not reveal the evidence, but say that they lead them to the forest adjacent to an autoparts store behind the house
Thursday, 11 a.m.
Cayce Department of Public Safety Chief Byron Snellgrove discovers Faye’s body in the forest behind her neighbor’s house, and near her house. Police say her body was moved shortly before she was found and that she was murdered elsewhere
Thursday, after 11 a.m.
The police then go to 602 Picadilly Square, where they find Taylor’s body. It is not yet clear how he died
Authorities reveal where they discovered Faye’s body and confirm that neighbor Coty Scott Taylor is related to her death. They will no longer reveal details about their death, but said autopsies will be performed on Saturday
The authorities released Monday’s gripping 911 call from Faye’s mother to report her daughter’s disappearance.
In the call, distraught mother Selena Marie Collins is heard uncontrollably for breath and sobs.
“I have to report a missing child. We can’t find my daughter, “she tells the coordinator.
“She was right in front of my porch.
“She played outside. I can’t find her [inaudible], ‘Collins continued.
“She’s six. She turns seven in June. ”
Collins describes the clothes that Faye wore for the coordinator while she is connected to the police. She tells them that Faye wore green boots with dots, a pink rose skirt and a black t-shirt with a neon design.
“I probably saw her about an hour ago,” Collins added.
“She was standing in front of me on my porch.”
Collins says they “checked all the houses in my neighborhood” and that all the neighbors she met were out to help find her.
The 911 call ends when the police tell Collins to stay in her yard close to the last place she was and that a unit with a dog was on the way in case they had to follow her.
When the body of Swetlik was found on Thursday, a search party led by Cayce Department of Public Safety Chief Byron Snellgrove had gathered to map out a route to re-explore the forest behind the house.
The evidence in Troy’s “garbage” led officers to the same area they were planning to investigate, and the body of Swetlik was discovered shortly after by Snellgrove.
The police would not say in which state her body was found, but that she had been moved to the area shortly before her discovery. Taylor’s body – related to her death – was then almost found in his home on Piccadilly Square 602.
The police would not confirm how Faye was killed or how Taylor died.
Taylor, who had no criminal record and was not known to the police, is not related to the little girl nor is he a friend, the authorities confirm.
“He was just a neighbor who lived on Churchill Heights,” said Sgt Evan Antley of the Cayce Department of Public Safety on Friday.
He also confirmed that officers had previously spoken to Taylor during the search for the missing girl.
The police confirmed that the two deaths are related.
Antley assured the community “that there is no reason to believe that there is an active threat in the community.”
No arrests have been made and officers are not looking for other interested parties.
Antley would not comment on the condition of the bodies or the causes of death.
Officers had returned after finding “critical evidence” in a garbage can of the suspected murderer on Thursday.
Antley said, “Based on that discovery, we have narrowed down an area that we felt like a research team that we needed to return to more evidence.”
Antley confirmed that they had been to the area several times before the discovery.
Officers started a new search and Faye’s body was found around 11 am.
Based on preliminary investigations by the coroner, Faye had “not been there”, Antley said.
Shortly after finding Faye, officers found Taylor’s body at 602 Piccadilly Square, which is about 100 to 150 meters from the little girl’s house where she was last seen alive, Antley said.
Lexington County coroner Margaret Fisher said autopsies are taking place Saturday.
In the video Faye (photo) sees her step out of her seat and walk to the front of the bus
Images of Faye who got off the bus Monday afternoon were released by the police on Wednesday
Faye (center) then talks to the bus driver (left) before leaving the bus
Although the authorities would not confirm what the “critical evidence” was that had led them to the crime scene, Antley said it would “be mentioned on her leaflet about missing persons.”
The missing person stated that Faye was last seen in polka-dot rain boots, a pink floral skirt and a black T-shirt with the word “PEACE” on the front.
Antley said he wanted “everyone to keep praying for Faye Swetlik.”
The Churchill Heights neighborhood where Faye lived remained under heavy police presence on Friday.
Images posted on Twitter showed that the police had extended the crime scene to another series of apartments near Londonderry Lane, where Faye lived.
WIS TV reported that several law enforcement officers came and went in the apartments and in the wooded area on Friday morning.
Faye was a first class student at the Springdale Elementary School. She went missing on Monday after she got off the school bus
A coroner identified the child’s body this morning, police confirmed Thursday afternoon
There was also yellow police tape in the little girl’s house.
The local community had speculated via social media about the identity of the deceased man and his connection with the murder of Faye.
The latest revelations come when heartbreaking photos appear from Valentine’s Day cards that the little girl’s classmates made for her in the hope that she would be brought back alive.
Some of her first-class friends at Springdale Elementary School made the cards for her before the news about her death Thursday.
Lexington School District Two issued a statement on Thursday stating that the school community was “heartbroken” by its premature death.
Flowers, balloons and teddy bears are left at the entrance to the Churchill Heights neighborhood for the little girl
The heartbroken community has set up a memorial for Faye Swetlik
‘We are heartbreaking with the news about the death of Faye Swetlik, a first-year student at Springdale Elementary, who went missing earlier this week. When the school community experiences a tragedy such as the loss of a child, it affects us all deeply, “it said.
Flowers, balloons, and teddy bears were also left at the entrance to the Churchill Heights neighborhood for the little girl.
The search for the missing six-year-old ended on Thursday when the authorities confirmed that they had found her body in her neighborhood in South Carolina.
The bodies of a deceased adult man were also nearby, the authorities said.
Byron Snellgrove, Director of Public Safety for Cayce, announced the news through tears at a press conference on Thursday where he only spoke for about a minute and asked no questions.
“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we announce that we have found the body that the coroner has identified as Faye,” said Snellgrove.
Faye’s death is being treated as a murder and no arrests have been made, he added.
Authorities have not identified the man or released information about where the bodies were found or whether the two dead were linked.
However, Snellgrove said “there was no danger to the public.”
DailyMail.com requests for comments from the Cayce Department of Public Safety and the Lexington County Coroner have not been returned.
The media were alerted on Thursday morning to more intensive police activities, with officers and fire brigades blocking everyone’s access to the neighborhood, even residents.
Researchers were also seen when looking for trash cans.
The authorities had given an update on the investigation on Thursday morning.
At that time, the police said they had towed two cars from the house where the child lived.
Antley confirmed that the vehicles had been removed from the house, but did not share details about something that “may or may not be found in those vehicles.”
The sergeant also confirmed that officers had searched Faye’s house “several times.”
On Thursday, Swetlik’s grandmother shared a video with her six-year-old granddaughter who sings ‘You Are My Sunshine’
Young Faye can be seen above with her grandmother, Ruth Collins, who provided the video of her singing
“My heart is out there somewhere and I don’t know how to deal with it,” Faye’s grandmother Ruth Collins said the day after her granddaughter went missing
Faye’s death is treated as a murder and no arrests have been made.
Faye’s death is treated as a murder and no arrests have been made. Officers depicted during the investigation on Thursday
Authorities said the child’s body was found in the Churchill Heights neighborhood where she lived. The police have also found the body of an adult man who has not been identified
Police officers were seen earlier in the week storming the neighborhood at Faye’s house
The child played in front of her house (photo) when she was missing
Police initially said they were hunting for two cars seen nearby before Faye disappeared Monday. Officials have identified the person who controls the Chevrolet Trailblazer, but investigators are still looking for information about the sedan
The police had also closed off the neighborhood where the girl lived for everyone except residents, their visitors and vans. An officer was also stationed outside the girl’s house.
Hundreds of officers in Cayce, along with the police and FBI agents, worked around the clock to find the little girl.
Seekers knocked on the doors of every house in the neighborhood several times.
The police initially said they were hunting for two cars seen in the Churchill Heights neighborhood before Faye disappeared after he returned home from school on Monday.
Cayce Department of Public Safety posted images of the cars and said, “The two vehicles shown were nearby during the time that #FayeSwetlik was last seen.”
Antley confirmed Thursday morning that they had identified and spoken to the person who was driving the Chevrolet Trailblazer, but researchers are still looking for information about the silver sedan.
Faye’s surviving grandmother shared a video with the six-year-old vocals “You Are My Sunshine” on social media in the hours after South Carolina authorities confirmed that she was found dead.
Her grandmother, Ruth Collins, had posted several messages on her Facebook page in which she hoped that her granddaughter would eventually be found.
“I want my baby back,” Collins said during a prayer vigil on Tuesday. “We have to find her.”
After officials announced that a body had been found, Collins posted a photo of a single burning candle and a moving photo of her kissing the head of her granddaughter.
“He was just a neighbor who lived on Churchill Heights,” said Sgt Evan Antley of the Cayce Department of Public Safety at Friday’s press conference
Director of Public Safety for Cayce, Byron Snellgrove (photo) became emotional when he announced the death of little Faye
The row of houses where Coty Scott Taylor lived (photo) was about 100 to 150 meters from Faye’s house
Faye was last seen in front of the Londonderry Sq house in Cayce, near Columbia, at about 3:45 PM.
Her family reported that she was missing at 5 p.m. and said they had been looking for her.
The police did not say whether the person who operated the Trailblazer lived in the Churchill Heights neighborhood.
Authorities showed images of Faye who got out of her school bus on Wednesday morning when they announced that the search for the girl had been extended.
In the images, Faye gets out of her seat, talks to the bus driver and then leaves the vehicle. According to a witness, this was around 2.50 pm on Monday.
Faye – a student at Springdale Elementary School – was last seen in a black shirt with neon colors, a skirt with a floral print and rain boots with dots. The word “peace” was written on the shirt.
Snellgrove said that Faye’s mother, her mother’s boyfriend, and Faye’s father had all participated in the investigation.
Faye’s grandmother, Ruth Collins, begged the public on social media for help finding her granddaughter.
In recent days, Faye’s grandmother, Ruth Collins (left with Faye and right), begged on social media for help finding her granddaughter. “I’m going crazy if I don’t know where she is,” Collins said
On Tuesday evening, community members (photo) gathered at Trinity Baptist Church to pray for the safe return of Faye
“I’m going crazy if I don’t know where she is,” Collins wrote in a Facebook post.
The family said in a statement ABC news that ‘Faye is a vibrant and happy girl’.
“She’s not the type of child who goes up and walks away … Faye watches her surroundings. We just want to find Faye and take her home. ”
The child’s mother has not made any public statements since Faye went missing earlier this week.
On Tuesday evening, community members gathered at Trinity Baptist Church to pray for the safe return of Faye.
Faye was lactose intolerant with speech impairment due to having a tied tongue.
Bound tongue, or ankyloglossia, is when a thick strip of tissue pulls the bottom of the tongue at the tip of the mouth.
“When she enters a room, she lights it up. Everyone loves Faye, “said Snellgrove.
“Faye loves dresses, nice shoes, spending time with her family, cats, and playing outside.”
Various public figures have spoken about the Swetlik case.
According to The Citadel, vice president Mike Pence held a military academy in South Carolina Fox news.
“[A]”Let me deal with a problem that I know is in the hearts of people all over South Carolina today,” the vice president said Thursday.
“And as your vice-president and father, let me say we were deeply saddened to receive a message this afternoon that the remains of Faye Swetlik, a 6-year-old girl who went missing just three days ago in her parents’ front yard, are found.’
Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted: “Like all South Carolinians, I was deeply saddened to hear the news about the death of Faye Swetlik.
“I pray for this beautiful young girl’s family to deal with this horrible tragedy.”