Search for missing 6-year-old Faye Swetlik still active, S.C. officials push back against rumors

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CAYCE, S.C. (WIS/Gray News) - The search for missing Faye Swetlik, 6, has entered day three and officials have shared a new video to try to help find her.

Faye Swetlik, 6, has been missing from her home in South Carolina for three days. (Source: Provided photo/WIS/Gray News)

Wednesday morning, Cayce police updated the public with new video showing Faye getting off her school bus Monday afternoon, just minutes before her family said she was last seen.

The video also contains new pictures of Faye and the hotline for tips: 803-205-4444.

Police wanted to stress Wednesday morning that people should not believe social media rumors about a body being found.

The search for Faye is still active.

“We’ve noticed a lot of incorrect information on social media that’s being circulated around and being shared across different platforms,” Sgt. Evan Antley, with the Cayce Department of Public Safety, said. “As law enforcement we are committed to keeping you our community informed with timely and accurate information. What does that mean? That means rumors that are false could potentially divert valuable resources from our mission of bringing Faye home.”

The investigation is currently focused on the neighborhood where Faye lives and the home she shares with her mother and grandmother.

Swetlik’s family said they last saw her playing in the yard Monday, Feb. 10 after school around 3:45 p.m. They reported her missing to police around 5 p.m.

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As many as 250 law enforcement personnel have been combing the Churchill Heights neighborhood questioning neighbors and stopping vehicles that were coming in and out of the area.

Authorities said Tuesday there is no evidence Faye was abducted. Investigators said they have not ruled out any possibilities that she may have walked off or fell somewhere and is in distress.

Investigators said they have not ruled out any possibilities that she may have walked off or fell somewhere and is in distress.

Anyone who has video from the area between 2 and 5 p.m. Monday are urged to call the hotline.

Officials said they have found some useful surveillance footage and that Faye’s mother, father and her mother’s boyfriend have all been cooperative during the investigation.

During their investigation, authorities have towed two cars from the property where Faye lives, believing that they could be useful. They did not provide more details on this.

They’ve received nearly 80 tips in her case and out of those tips, officials say they’ve begun to follow up on about 50 of them.


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Again, there are numerous rumors circulating among the community about the case but the information in this story is all that police have confirmed at this time.

“We understand that (Faye’s) disappearance is distressing to many members of the community,” Antley said. “And we understand that you have a lot of questions. We encourage you to come to us for accurate and timely information.”

Faye is a white girl with shoulder-length strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes. She’s 3-foot-10-inches tall and weighs about 65 pounds. Officials said she has a speech impediment and is lactose intolerant.

“Keep Faye, keep that name in your social media posts,” Antley said. “We’re going to keep getting the word out until we bring her home. That is our mission.”

Officials ask anyone who sees Faye or has any video that could help find her to call 803-205-4444.

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