The body of a 6-year-old South Carolina girl who had gone missing earlier this week was found near the remains of an unidentified man, authorities said Thursday. Police are now treating the child's death as a homicide.
"It is with extremely heavy hearts that we're announcing we have found the body, that the coroner has identified as Faye Marie Swetlik," Cayce Director of Public Safety Byron Snellgrove told reporters. "We are now treating this case as a homicide."
The girl's body was found in her neighborhood of Churchill Heights, near "a deceased male," according to police.
"That investigation has just begun," Snellgrove said of the man found near the girl.
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Snellgrove declined to answer any questions or reveal how the girl died.
But, he said, "at this time we feel there is no danger to the community," just outside the state's capital city of Columbia.
Crime scene tape covers the wooded area near the Churchill Heights neighborhood, this after the bodies of Faye Swetlik and an unidentified male were found. @wis10pic.twitter.com/9uzSFoIXJW