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Self-Proclaimed 'Incel' Accused of Killing 6-Year-Old Neighbor And Hiding Her Body
Coty Scott Taylor allegedly identified as an 'incel,' part of a hostile and misogynistic online community that say they cannot attract sexual partners.
The man who allegedly killed a 6-year-old girl and hid her body last year told friends that he was an "incel" and "asexual," according to local police.
Friends of Coty Scott Taylor, 30, said that the South Carolina man was “a loner who constantly had a negative outlook on life,” according to investigative findings released by the Cayce Department of Public Safety, and reported by The State.
On Feb. 10, 2020, Taylor abducted Faye Marie Swetlik, 6, from her front yard in Cayce, South Carolina, according to Cape Fear’s WECT 6 News.
Three days later, investigators found Faye’s polka dot boot and a dirt-covered ladle in a trashcan near Taylor’s home, according to WLTX News 19. Taylor’s home was only 500 feet from Faye’s.
Captain Byron Snellgrove of the Cayce Department of Public Safety found Faye’s body buried in a wooded area between her home and a NAPA auto parts store, according to WLTX. Authorities say her body wasn’t there long.
A white trash bag was found wrapped around her neck and it's believed she died from asphyxiation according to The Post and Courier.
Hours after finding Faye’s body, police responded to “a man bleeding” at the house where Taylor lived with roommates, according to WECT 6 News. Responders could not save Taylor and he subsequently died.
The manner of death was determined to be suicide.
Police believe that Taylor killed Faye shortly after abducting her and hid her body in his bedroom for two days. Surveillance video showed Taylor entering the wooded area where he buried her body only hours before taking his own life.
“All endings, evidence, and facts point to the same conclusion,” said Snellgrove. “Coty Taylor abducted and murdered Faye Marie Swetlik and was the sole perpetrator in this horrible case.”
DNA collected from Taylor’s fingernails and a black garbage bag in his bedroom confirmed this.
Earlier that day, a Lyft driver drove Taylor from the local Wal-Mart to his home. Taylor had purchased items he used to hide Faye’s body, including soil. The driver later told police that Taylor was acting nervous.
Upon seeing the press and police in the neighborhood, the driver asked his passenger if he knew the missing girl. Taylor tried to avoid the conversation.
“I don’t know,” Taylor said over and over to the driver, according to The State. “I never met her before.”
Taylor had previously identified himself as an ‘incel,” friends stated in the investigative findings released by the Cayce Department of Public Safety.
The term ‘incel,’ a portmanteau of the words ‘involuntary’ and ‘celibate,’ first emerged in Reddit groups and is defined as “A person (usually a man) who regards himself or herself as being involuntarily celibate and typically expresses extreme resentment and hostility toward those who are sexually active,” according to the Merriam-Webster definition.
A roommate of Taylor’s described him as a loner who was too scared to talk to girls, according to The State. He always kept his bedroom door locked.
“Coty’s room was very dirty and had old food, liquor bottles, and clothing piled everywhere,” said the roommate. The roommate also claimed that Taylor sprayed air freshener around the house, but the roommate thought it was only to mask the smell of marijuana.
The roommate told The State that he thought Taylor was weak and would have only “committed a horrible act if he felt he would have had people behind him encouraging him such as a chat room online."
Taylor was a Bluffton High School graduate who attended The University of South Carolina Beaufort in 2007, according to WLTX. He later transferred to Columbia University a year later but withdrew in 2009. He majored in mathematics but did not graduate.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the F.B.I. is still investigating the case.