Shortly before it was announced that a missing South Carolina 6-year-old girl was found dead in a suspected homicide, the girl's grandmother posted a heartbreaking video of the child singing “You Are My Sunshine.”
Faye Swetlik was found dead Thursday morning in a wooded area of the Churchill Heights neighborhood of Cayce, where her family lived, three days after vanishing while playing in her yard. Her neighbor Coty Scott Taylor, 30, was also found dead inside his home shortly after Swetlik's body was discovered, officials announced at a Friday morning briefing.
Swetlik's death is being investigated as a homicide. While investigators didn't officially identify Taylor as the girl's suspected killer, Sgt. Evan Antley with the Cayce Department of Public Safety said he has been linked to Swetlik's death and investigators aren't looking for any other possible suspects or persons of interest.
Before authorities announced they'd found her body, Swetlik's grandmother Ruth Collins posted a video to her Facebook page of the child singing “You Are My Sunshine,” according to Fox Carolina. The video appears to have been taken down since, but it was still up on the television station's YouTube channel.
Collins said that she and Swetlik sang that song together every day. In the clip, Swetlik clears her throat before singing the lyrics. When she forgets one of the lyrics, Collins helps her finish the song.
“I want my baby back," Collins had told local station WTVD before the tragic discovery of her grandchild's body. "We gotta find her."
An autopsy will be conducted on Swetlik’s body on Saturday. Officials will also conduct an autopsy of Taylor.
A "critical piece of evidence that would have been listed on her missing person's flier” was found in Taylor’s trash, which led to the discovery of the child’s body, Antley noted at Friday’s press conference.
The girl's missing persons flier listed several items of clothing she was wearing, including polka-dot rain boots and a shirt with the phrase “Peace” on it.
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