CAYCE, SC (WLOS) - Hundreds of volunteers, family members and police officers continue to search for Faye Marie Swetlik. The 6-year-old girl was last seen shortly after she got off the school bus near her South Carolina home in Cayce on Monday.
9 p.m. Update:
Cayce police are looking for two cars that were spotted near where Faye Marie Swetlik went missing. Authorities said the drivers may have information that could help find the 6-year-old.
The two vehicles were in the neighborhood during the time she was last seen. Investigators are talking with everyone who was in Churchill Heights at the time she was last seen. Please watch and share this video:
8 p.m. Update:
Law enforcement will be working overnight to continue to follow up on the hundreds of tips that have been called in regarding the disappearance of Faye Swetlik.
If you know something that would be helpful in this investigation, please call the Faye Swetlik Hotline at 803-205-4444. #PrayforFaye #FayeSwetlik
5 p.m. Update:
Authorities said they have been getting many phone calls, messages and social media postings asking if the public can be involved in the search for Swetlik. However, officials said ground searches need to continue to be done by law enforcement and other first responders.
"Thorough ground searches require coordination and contact with incident command, are mapped and methodical and the terrain and environment in the area varies requiring special equipment and vehicles for safety," Cayce Department of Public Safety said in a post on its Facebook page.
"Please focus efforts in assisting with this investigation by sharing the most up to date postings from our social media pages as we are all working together in bringing Faye home. #PrayforFaye #FayeSwetlik"
4 p.m. Update:
The latest missing persons poster for #FayeSetlik, which was generated by the FBI , and news of her disappearance continues to be shared nationwide.
12:15 p.m. Update:
Police in South Carolina authorities have released a new video of a missing 6-year-old girl getting off her school bus two days ago.
Authorities said they will work tirelessly to bring Faye home and that officers were again spread out across the neighborhood looking for clues.
According to the Cayce Department of Public Safety, the little girl was last seen playing in front of her home after getting off the school bus in the Churchill Heights neighborhood of the city.
Authorities confirmed Wednesday morning that their search area has been expanded while this very active investigation continues. Originally, officials were concentrating on a 1-mile radius around the home. Now that area has been expanded to include other neighborhoods and areas near the interstate.
At this time, no public searches are being organized by law enforcement. Officials say they have a substantial number of well-trained investigators and searchers to cover the area involved in their grid searches.
Officials confirm they will be holding daily press conferences at 11:45 a.m. while the investigation continues.
11:45 a.m. Update:
According to affiliate WPDE, speaking at a press conference Tuesday evening, Cayce, SC, Director of Public Safety Byron Snellgrove said there is no evidence of a possible abduction.
Snellgrove also confirmed that Faye's mother was in the home at the time of her disappearance.
"Faye's parents are anxiously waiting her return. Her mother, her mother's boyfriend and her father have all been cooperative with us and the other agencies investigating this case," Snellgrove said.
ABC affiliate WSOC confirms authorities say they are investigating a red car that was at an apartment complex, however, few details about that car were released.
The family released the following statement Tuesday evening:
Faye is a bubbly and happy little girl. She always wants to play and have fun. She’s not the type of kid that will up and walk away. Her mom was very attentive in watching Faye. Faye pays attention to her surroundings. Her grandmother is very distraught about what has happened because they are very close. We just want to find Faye and bring her home.
Both a family friend and Faye's grandmother said they have no idea what happened to the girl, but they are trying to stay positive.
“A lot of prayer -- we're worried, of course, very distraught,” said Monica Foutz, a family friend. “But we're only thinking positive thoughts.”
“I want my baby back,” said Faye’s grandmother, Ruth Collins. “We gotta find her.”
The director is requesting surveillance or doorbell cams from Churchill Heights residents between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday. Snellgrove added that they will retrieve the footage from the home.
Law enforcement is focusing their efforts in the Churchill Heights neighborhood where Swetlik lives and where she was last seen around 3:45 p.m. Monday.
Officials said Faye got off the school bus near her home Monday and was playing in her front yard a short time later. Family reported Faye missing around 5 p.m. Monday, according to officials.
Swetlik lives with her mother and officials said her mother was home when she got off the bus and around the time she disappeared. Authorities said Faye’s mother, father and her mother’s boyfriend have been cooperating with the investigation.
At this time, there are no signs that show Faye’s disappearance could be an abduction, according to the Department of Public Safety.
Investigators haven't ruled out any possibility, from the girl wandering away to being kidnapped or worse, authorities said.
“We have more question s than answers ... but the top question we have right now is, ‘Where is Faye?'” said Lexington County Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Adam Myrick.
Officials spent Monday evening and overnight searching for Faye.
The latest photo shows Faye wearing a black shirt with neon colors, a flower print skirt and polka-dot rain boots. Faye is 3-foot-10, 65 pounds and was last seen playing in her yard at 16 Londonderry Lane in Cayce. Faye is lactose intolerant and has a speech impediment with a tethered tongue. The first-grader has strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes.
Issuing an Amber Alert has not been ruled out, according to city officials, who said evidence and information were still being gathered to make that decision.
Officials said the following criteria must be met for an Amber Alert to be activated:
- A law enforcement agency or agencies must believe the child has been abducted,
- If the child is under 17 and the agency believes they’re in immediate danger or serious harm,
- All other possibilities for the disappearance have been reasonably excluded,
- There is sufficient information available to give to the public,
- The child’s name and other critical data have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
Faye’s information has been entered into NCIC as a missing person, officials said.
Anyone who sees the girl or has information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Cayce Department of Public Safety at 803-794-0456 or the tips hotline at 803-205-4444.
Officials are asking people to continue sharing photos of Faye on social media and in their communities.
At the request of the Cayce Dept. of Public Safety, the FBI has joined the investigation.