On Air Now

Listen Now

Weather

cloudy-day
71°
Sct Thunderstorms
H 82° L 66°
  • cloudy-day
    71°
    Current Conditions
    Sct Thunderstorms. H 82° L 66°
  • partly-cloudy-tstorms-day
    74°
    Evening
    Sct Thunderstorms. H 82° L 66°
  • cloudy-day
    67°
    Morning
    Cloudy. H 83° L 59°
Listen
Pause
Error

The latest top stories

00:00 | 00:00

Listen
Pause
Error

The latest traffic report

00:00 | 00:00

Listen
Pause
Error

The latest forecast

00:00 | 00:00

National
Body of missing SC first-grader Faye Swetlik found; homicide investigation underway
Close

Body of missing SC first-grader Faye Swetlik found; homicide investigation underway

Police find body of missing SC first-grader, Faye Swetlik

Body of missing SC first-grader Faye Swetlik found; homicide investigation underway

Police announced Thursday that they found the body of South Carolina first-grader Faye Swetlik, who had been missing since Monday.

Authorities said a homicide investigation was underway and that no arrests had been made as of Thursday afternoon. Investigators said they also found the body of a man in the neighborhood, but they couldn’t immediately say whether the two discoveries were connected.

More than 200 police officers, family members and volunteers were searching for Faye, who was last seen playing in front of her home Monday afternoon, shortly after she got off a school bus in the Churchill Heights neighborhood of Cayce, South Carolina.

>> See the latest on WSOCTV.com

Detectives released images Wednesday night of two vehicles they said were spotted in the neighborhood around the time Faye vanished. On Thursday, officials said they had identified one of the vehicles and spoken to the driver, but they were still looking for information about the second vehicle, a silver sedan.

Investigators said they had no evidence Faye was kidnapped. Still, they hadn’t ruled out the possibility that she might have been abducted or that she might have walked away from her home or been harmed by someone she knew.

A video released by officials Wednesday showed Faye wearing a backpack and a black t-shirt with the word “peace” on it as she stood from her school bus seat Monday. She appears to turn back and possibly speak to the driver before stepping off and meeting her mother. Faye’s mother told police she walked with her daughter to their house and that Faye grabbed a snack before heading outside to play around 3:45 p.m.

She told police that she hadn’t seen Faye since then.

Authorities shut down the neighborhood Wednesday to everyone except residents, police and people who had business to conduct in the area. Police said they were investigating hundreds of tips.

At a community prayer vigil Tuesday night, Faye’s grandmother said her family didn’t know what happened to the 6-year-old, but that they were trying to stay positive.

“I want my baby back,” Ruth Collins said. “We gotta find her.”

Other parents in the neighborhood told WSOC-TV that only four kids get off the bus at the same stop as Faye and that they saw her Monday.

“We’re worried of course, very distraught, but we’re only thinking positive thoughts,” Collins said.

Faye lived with her mother, according to WSOC-TV. Authorities said her family, including her father and her mother’s boyfriend, has been cooperating with investigators.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Read More

The Latest News Headlines

  • The Boy Scouts of America said Tuesday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as the organization faces numerous sexual abuse lawsuits. In an early morning news release, the organization said it hoped to “equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in scouting and continue carrying out its mission for years to come.” 'Tragically, there have been times when individuals took advantage of the BSA’s programs to harm children,' the news release said. 'The BSA firmly believes that a proposed Victims Compensation Trust structure is the best means of compensating victims in a way that is equitable and protects their identities.' During the process, the organization’s programs, meetings, activities, service projects and other events will continue “for many years to come,” the release said. “The BSA fully intends to maintain its commitments to its members, families, volunteer leaders, employees, retirees, donors and alumni to the fullest extent permitted by bankruptcy laws,” the organization added. In a letter to participants’ families, the organization also clarified that local councils have not filed for bankruptcy and “are legally separate, distinct and financially independent.” It also stressed that Boy Scouts of America has ramped up background checks and “developed some of the strongest expert-informed youth protection policies found in any youth-serving organization.” Read more here.
  • Officials are looking for a mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old girl at a park in Cupertino, California, multiple news outlets are reporting. According to the Sacramento Bee, the incident happened Sunday morning as a group of visitors walked in Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Preserve. The animal “came out of the bushes and ... grabbed a hold of the girl,” Ranger Brad Pennington told KGO-TV. An adult who was with the group punched the mountain lion, striking its ribs, the outlets reported. The girl suffered minor puncture wounds, officials said. Authorities have closed the park until they find the animal, the outlets reported. Read more here or here.
  • A woman in her 80’s died in a three car crash on A1A and L’Atrium in Ponte Vedra Beach on Monday night. According to Florida Highway Patrol, a vehicle headed north on A1A collided with a car that was making a left turn from A1A to L’Atrium Drive. A third car sustained minor damage from flying debris.  82-year-old Sarita May of Ponte Vedra Beach, who was a passenger in one of the cars, died. The driver, 74-year-old David Sparrow, sustained critical injuries.  The other drivers involved had minor injuries.  FHP says charges are pending additional investigation. 
  • A Wisconsin man has received a life sentence in the death of a 2-year-old boy, authorities said. According to WBAY-TV, David Heiden, 29, of Two Rivers, was sentenced in Manitowoc County Circuit Court on Monday, about three months after he pleaded guilty to a charge of child abuse causing death in the April 2019 slaying of Gilbert Grant. Court documents alleged that Heiden was watching the toddler at a Two Rivers home on April 26 when he hit the boy with a sandal and “forcefully shook him hard while yelling at him to go to sleep,” the Herald Times reported. Emergency crews later responded to a report of an unresponsive child at the home and found the boy dead, authorities said. Police said that after they arrested Heiden, he said he “didn’t care” about the boy because Gilbert wasn’t his child, according to the Herald Times. It will be at least 25 years before Heiden is eligible for parole, the newspaper reported. Two other adults, Rena Santiago and Bianca Bush, also face child abuse-related charges in the case, the Herald Times reported. Gilbert was Santiago’s son. Read more here or here.
  • A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect through 9 am, with poor visibility early as you head back to work and school following the long holiday weekend.  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says we'll turn very warm and quite humid today.  “A fairly wide range in temperatures from near the Florida/Georgia border where temperatures will only be in the 70’s to low to mid 80’s when you get across parts of Clay and St. Johns County, especially south of State Road 16”, Buresh said.  It’s going to feel humid, too, and that will help trigger scattered showers in the afternoon and evening hours.  Wednesday is another pretty warm day with scattered showers, temperatures will be in the upper 70’s.  Then we transition to cooler air for the end of the week and into the start of the weekend.  Thursday will be breezy with a few showers and temperatures around average in the mid-60’s. Friday will feel quite raw with temperatures struggling to get in the mid-50’s with blustery conditions. 

The Latest News Videos