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Investigators hunt for two cars seen in missing six-year-old Faye Swetlik’s neighborhood


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South Carolina authorities have released video that shows missing six-year-old, Faye Mary Swetlik getting off a school bus an hour before she was last seen outside her home

South Carolina authorities are hunting for two cars seen in the neighborhood of a six-year-old girl before she vanished after getting home from school on Monday.

Faye Swetlik was last seen playing in front of the Londonderry Lane home in Cayce, near Columbia, at approximately 3.45pm. Her family reported her missing at 5pm.

Cayce Department of Public Safety posted images of the cars, saying: ‘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.’  

Authorities also released footage of Faye getting off her school bus on Wednesday morning as they announced that the search for the girl had been expanded. 

In the footage, Faye gets out of her seat, speaks to the bus driver and then exits the vehicle. According to a witness, this was at around 2.50pm Monday.  

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The Cayce Department of Public Safety posted imaged of the cars, saying: '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'

The Cayce Department of Public Safety posted imaged of the cars, saying: ‘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’

Authorities released the video Wednesday morning as they announced that the search for Faye has been expanded

Authorities released the video Wednesday morning as they announced that the search for Faye has been expanded

In the footage, the little girl (pictured) is seen getting out of her seat and walking to the front of the bus

In the footage, the little girl (pictured) is seen getting out of her seat and walking to the front of the bus

v(center) is seen getting out of her seat, speaking to the bus driver (left) and then exiting the bus

Faye (center) is then seen speaking to the bus driver (left) before exiting the bus

Initially police said the focus of their search was centered around the Churchill Heights neighborhood where Faye lived. 

But during a press conference Wednesday morning, officers said the search area has been expanded. 

The area will now include part of the highway and the surrounding area of the neighborhood. 

Authorities have blocked off access to the Churchill Heights neighborhood to anyone who doesn’t live in the area while they continue their search.  

Police also said they have started following up on about 50 of the 80 tips they’ve received in the past 48 hours.  

Faye – a student at Springdale Elementary School – was last seen wearing a black shirt with neon colors, a flower print skirt and polka dot rain boots. The shirt had the word ‘peace’ written on it. 

Cayce Department of Public Safety, Byron Snellgrove, said Tuesday night that investigators have not found any evidence that Faye was abducted. 

For the past few days, Faye's grandmother, Ruth Collins (pictured with Faye), has been pleading to the public on social media for help with finding her granddaughter

'I'm going crazy not knowing where she is,' Collins wrote in a Facebook post

For the past few days, Faye’s grandmother, Ruth Collins  (left with Faye and right), has been pleading to the public on social media for help with finding her granddaughter. ‘I’m going crazy not knowing where she is,’ Collins said 

On Tuesday night, community members (pictured) gathered at Trinity Baptist Church to pray for Faye's safe return

On Tuesday night, community members (pictured) gathered at Trinity Baptist Church to pray for Faye’s safe return

‘We’ve not ruled anything out. 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,’ Snellgrove told reporters.

Snellgrove said Faye’s mother, her mother’s boyfriend and Faye’s father are all cooperating with the investigation. 

For the past few days, Faye’s grandmother, Ruth Collins, has been pleading to the public on social media for help with finding her granddaughter. 

‘I’m going crazy not knowing where she is,’ Collins wrote in a Facebook post. 

In a statement, the family told ABC News that ‘Faye is a bubbly and happy little girl’.

‘She’s not the type of kid that will up and walk away… Faye pays attention to her surroundings. We just want to find Faye and bring her home.’

On Tuesday night, community members gathered at Trinity Baptist Church to pray for Faye’s safe return. 

Faye - a student at Springdale Elementary School - was last seen wearing a black shirt with neon colors, a flower print skirt and polka dot rain boots

She is described as being 3'10" and 65lbs with strawberry blonde hair

Faye – a student at Springdale Elementary School – was last seen wearing a black shirt with neon colors, a flower print skirt and polka dot rain boots

Officials described her as being lactose intolerant with a speech impediment from having a tethered tongue

Officials described her as being lactose intolerant with a speech impediment from having a tethered tongue

The child had been playing in front of her home (pictured) at the time she went missing

The child had been playing in front of her home (pictured) at the time she went missing 

Through tears, Collins told ABC Columbia: ‘I want my baby back. You got to find her.’

More than 250 officers have been part of the search. Officers have been going door to door and speaking with neighbors. FBI agents are also assisting with the search. 

Officials said the child is lactose intolerant with a speech impediment from having a tethered tongue. 

Tethered tongue, or ankyloglossia, is when a thick band of tissue tethers the bottom of the tongue to the tip of the floor of the mouth. 

She is described as being 3’10” and 65lbs with strawberry blonde hair. 

A special hotline has been created for anyone with information about the girl’s whereabouts.  

Cayce Dept of Public Safety asks anyone with information to call 803-205-4444. This is a dedicated hotline just for calls about #FayeSwetlik 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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