Investigators investigating the disappearance of 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik were taken to the young woman's body on Thursday after finding a "critical piece of evidence" while searching the trash of her dead neighbor, officials said at a news conference.
Sergeant from the Cayce Department of Public Security. Evan Antley said Coty Scott Taylor, 30, was linked to the homicide after he was found dead at his home in Churchill Heights on Thursday morning.
Police made the discovery shortly after finding evidence in her trash can that led to the young woman's remains in a wooded area near her home in Londonderry Square.
"He was a neighbor, not a relative, nor a friend, he was just a neighbor who lived in the Churchill Heights community," said Antley.
He did not name Taylor as a person of interest or suspect, but said the item found in his trash was something that would have been listed on the missing person's brochure created after he disappeared.
Authorities did not give the cause of death until the autopsy on Saturday.
Faye was last seen getting off the school bus on Monday afternoon. Her family found her missing around 3:45 pm. and called 911 after looking for her for about an hour, officials said.
Antley said the investigation is still open.