Faye Marie Swetlik was reported missing by her family after she went missing while playing outside.

By Harriet Sokmensuer
February 12, 2020
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Police in South Carolina are searching for a 6-year-old girl who went missing Monday afternoon after returning home from school.

Faye Marie Swetlik was reported missing by her family after she disappeared from her Cayce home’s front yard. Authorities initially reported that Faye never made it home after getting off of her school bus, but during an early-morning press conference Tuesday, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department officials said the 6-year-old had returned home “like any other day.”

It was while she played in her home’s front yard that her family realized she’d gone missing.

Authorities were called at 5 p.m., a little more than an hour after Faye’s family realized she was missing, and they spent Monday night searching and interviewing neighbors around the family’s Churchill Heights neighborhood.

At the press conference Tuesday, county officials said there was no news yet as to the child’s whereabouts.

“Anything is possible,” one official said.

Faye is a first grader at Springdale Elementary School. She is described as having strawberry blonde hair, blue eyes and was last seen wearing polka-dot boots and a black t-shirt.

Anyone who sees her or has information on her whereabouts is urged to contact the Cayce Department of Public Safety’s dedicated hotline at 803-205-4444.

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