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New Images, Video Released As Search For Missing S.C. 6-Year-Old, Who Disappeared From Yard After School, Continues

Authorities are seeking two vehicles seen in the vicinity of Faye Swetlik's neighborhood around the time she went missing in hopes that the drivers have information that may aid the investigation. 

By Jill Sederstrom
Remains of 6-Year-Old Faye Swetlik Found By Police

As the search for a missing South Carolina 6-year-old continues, investigators have released images of two vehicles seen in the area around the time she disappeared.

Authorities released photos of a Chevrolet Trailblazer and a silver vehicle seen in the Churchill Heights neighborhood of Cayce on Monday afternoon. Authorities believe the drivers of the cars “may have information” related to the disappearance of Faye Swetlik, according to a post from the Cayce Department of Public Safety.

Swetlik disappeared Monday shortly after getting off the school bus in her neighborhood. She made it home safely but disappeared around 3:45 p.m. while she was out playing in her yard.

After releasing the images of both vehicles, tips began to pour in and officials said Thursday morning that they were able to identify the driver of the Chevrolet Trailblazer but were still working to identify the silver car seen in the videos.

Faye Swetlik Missing Pd

“We are still in an active, ongoing investigation,” Sgt. Evan Antley of the Cayce Department of Public Safety said during a briefing on the case Wednesday. “We are trying to bring Faye home.”

Multiple agencies, including the FBI, have joined together to try to find the missing 6-year-old in ground and air searches around her neighborhood.

Bryon Snellgrove, the director of the Cayce Department of Public Safety, said in an update on the case Tuesday that authorities have not ruled out any possibilities in the disappearance. 

“We’re not sure that she hasn’t just walked off and is somewhere in the woods or at a neighbor’s house. Possibly in distress or fallen or something like that,” he said.

In an effort to aid the ongoing search, investigators also released a video Wednesday of Swetlik as she exited the school bus that afternoon, shortly before she disappeared.

The 6-year-old—who was wearing a black shirt with the word “Peace” on it—can be seen sitting near the front seat of the bus before she stands up and exits after stopping to talk briefly with the driver.

Please view and share this video. The two vehicles shown were in the neighborhood during the time #FayeSwetlik was last seen. Our investigators have yet to identify or interview the occupants. Talking with everyone who was in #ChurchillHeights at the time Faye was last seen is an important part of our work to bring her home. #PrayforFaye

Posted by Cayce Department of Public Safety on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

“It has been exactly 48 hours since #FayeSwetlik was last seen. Every door in the Churchill Heights neighborhood has been knocked on and houses searched. Hundreds of hours of video have been reviewed, witnesses have been interviewed, and we continue to follow leads as they are called in,” the Cayce Department Of Public Safety said in a statement on Facebook Wednesday. “Hundreds of officers from agencies statewide have been involved in searching for Faye and these efforts will continue until we bring her home.”

The community plans to hold a vigil for Swetlik Thursday night, according to local station WRDW.

Anyone with information about the missing girl is asked to contact authorities.