In SC, a Frantic Search for Missing 6-Year-Old

Faye Marie Swetlik of Cayce was last seen around 3:45pm Monday
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2020 8:14 AM CST
6-Year-Old Vanishes From Front Yard in SC
A missing poster for Faye Marie Swetlik of Cayce, SC.   (Cayce Department of Public Safety )

Police and family members in South Carolina are desperately searching for a 6-year-old girl who returned home from school Monday only to vanish from her front yard. Faye Marie Swetlik of Cayce was reported missing at 5pm, roughly an hour after she was last seen playing outside her home in the Churchill Heights neighborhood. The Lexington County Sheriff's Department spent the evening searching and interviewing neighbors, but had no news about the girl's whereabouts at a press conference early Tuesday, per People. With no signs of an abduction, "we have more questions than answers," Capt. Adam Myrick said, per WSOC, though Byron Snellgrove of the Cayce Police Department noted authorities had "found some surveillance video that has helped us."

Some 250 officers are searching for Faye along with many volunteers. Last seen wearing a black T-shirt with the word "peace" on the front, a flower print skirt, and polka-dot rain boots, the first-grader is described as 3 foot 10 inches, 65 pounds, with shoulder-length strawberry blonde hair, blue eyes, and a speech impediment owing to a tethered tongue, per WSOC and CNN. Authorities say Faye's mother, father, and the mother's boyfriend are all cooperating with the investigation. "Faye pays attention to her surroundings" and is "not the type of kid that will up and walk away," her family said in a Tuesday statement. "I want my baby back," grandmother Ruth Collins added at an evening vigil, per WSOC. (More missing child stories.)

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