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Authorities identify deceased male found in connection with Faye Swetlik homicide

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FILE - Faye Marie Swetlik went missing shortly after getting off her school bus near her South Carolina home Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Her body was found Thursday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Photo credit: Cayce Department of Public Safety)

Law enforcement is back in the Churchill Heights neighborhood, where Faye Marie Swetlik and a man's body were found Thursday afternoon, investigating an apartment that they say belonged to 30-year-old Coty Scott Taylor.

In a press conference Friday, Cayce Public Safety Sgt. Evan Antley confirmed a critical item related to the case was found in Taylor's trash Thursday morning. Authorities have not yet said what that item was but did say it was listed flyers that were distributed in the search for 6-year-old Faye.

AUTOPSY FOR 6-YEAR-OLD FAYE MARIE SWETLIK SET FOR SATURDAY

Soon after that, as authorities created a strategic response to the item found, an officer found the body of Faye in a wooded area near her residence. Authorities say they believed the body had been placed there a short time before it was found. That area had been previously searched.

Just moments after locating Faye's body, authorities found a deceased male in his residence at 602 Piccadilly Square, just 100-150 feet away from the Swetlik home. Coty Scott Taylor was identified as the deceased male. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said an autopsy would likely be held on Saturday. At this time, no cause of death has been released.

“Our evidence and our investigation does link these two together, I can confirm he was a neighbor. He was not a relative. He was not a friend. He was merely a neighbor,” Antley said.

TIMELINE OF FAYE SWETLIK INVESTIGATION

Authorities did say Taylor had no prior history and was not known to law enforcement in any official way. They had spoken to him, along with many of the neighbors, during the search for little Faye and had been inside his home during that time.

At this time, authorities say they believe there is no threat to the community, they have no suspects and no persons of interest.

POLICE IN SOUTH CAROLINA INVESTIGATING APARTMENT IN FAYE SWETLIK'S NEIGHBORHOOD

They are asking for anyone with any information into Taylor's whereabouts and actions between Monday when Faye went missing and Thursday contact authorities at 803-205-4444.

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