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Neighbors questioned, homes searched in quest to find Faye Swetlik

Neighbors in blocked-off Churchill Heights community describe life ‘behind the yellow tape’ as investigators search for missing six-year-old Faye Swetlik.

CAYCE, S.C. — The search of the Churchill Heights neighborhood continued Wednesday as investigators sought answers in the disappearance of six-year-old Faye Swetlik.

The area, now blocked-off from anyone other than residents, has been flooded with more than 100 law enforcement officials in search of the little girl. 

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Investigators search for Faye Swetlik

Beth Clines, a seven-year-resident of the community, says the area, like a family, is now torn by Swetlik’s disappearance.

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 “It’s, it’s. It’s a lot,” Clines said. “Not knowing, you know? Constantly looking out the window seeing more and more investigators walk by. I mean, I just keep looking at the window expecting Faye to pop-up.”

Since the search began on Monday, law enforcement has been thorough. Questioning neighbors, then questioning again and even searching homes throughout the day.

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“They came in ours. They looked in the laundry room, in the washer, in the dryer, in the dishwasher, the fridge, the freezer, in all the cabinets,” she said.

The process, although emotionally draining for Clines, has been worth it for the chance to find the little girl.

“For me, it’s anything that I can do. If I’ve got to answer the same question 100 times to help them find her, then it’s worth it for me,” she said. “I think it’s just the stress level. Just the not knowing and not being able to physically get out there and do anything to help.”

Officers say Swetlik was last seen around 3:44 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2020, playing in her front yard on Londonderry Lane in Cayce, just off Highway 302 in the Churchill Heights neighborhood.

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Faye Swetlik

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A special tip line has been set up at 803-205-4444. People can also call the Cayce Department of Public Safety at 803-794-0456 or Investigator W. Dougall at 803-550-9535.

This story is ongoing, check back with WLTX as information becomes available.