S.C. police link man to missing girl after both found deadby Don Jacobson
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Authorities said Friday they have linked a 30-year-old man to a missing 6-year-old South Carolina girl who vanished earlier this week, after both were found dead.
The body of Faye Swetlik was found Thursday in a wooded area of her neighborhood, near the home of Coty Scott Taylor -- whose body police found inside his home. Sgt. Evan Antley told reporters investigators found evidence in his trash that linked him to Faye, who disappeared Monday after returning home from school.
Antley didn't specify what was found in Taylor's trash, but said police are no longer searching for suspects in the case and there's no more danger to the community of Churchill Heights, which is a part of Greater Columbia.
Taylor had no criminal history, was unknown to police and wasn't any kind of acquaintance of the Swetlik family's, Antley added.
Police searched four days for Faye before her body was found. Antley said her body probably hadn't been lying in the woods for very long when it was found.
The girl's discovery has shocked the small town of Cayce, which is located about 5 miles southwest of downtown Columbia.
"I am just in tears," said resident Lisa Trotter, whose granddaughter attended school with Faye. "We all wanted Faye to be brought home safely. This really hits close to home and our entire community is devastated."
(0) Leave a comment
U.S. News // 25 minutes ago
Justice Dept. drops investigation of former FBI deputy Andrew McCabe
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The Justice Department has dropped its investigation into former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe over accusations he leaked information to news media, his attorneys said Friday.
U.S. News // 46 minutes ago
Court upholds injunction against HHS' Medicaid work requirement
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A U.S. appeals court on Friday sided with a lower court ruling that blocked a Trump administration work requirement for Medicaid recipients to receive benefits, calling the government's mandate "arbitrary."
U.S. News // 56 minutes ago
Police: DNA links Maryland man to 24-year-old murder case
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A now-dead Maryland man who was once considered a possible murder suspect by the popular podcast Serial has been identified as the probable killer in a different, 24-year-old cold case, authorities said.
U.S. News // 1 hour ago
Delta unveils 10-year plan to become world's 1st carbon-neutral airline
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Delta Air Lines, the United States' second-largest carrier, announced plans Friday to mount an ambitious 10-year strategy during which it will spend $1 billion and become the world's first carbon-neutral airline.
U.S. News // 3 hours ago
Census: U.S. life expectancy to keep rising, but at slower rate by 2060
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Americans will continue to lengthen their lifespans in the coming decades, albeit at a slower rate, with average life expectancy stretching by more than six years by 2060, the U.S. Census reported Friday.
U.S. News // 4 hours ago
Navy confiscates Iranian weapons in Arabian Sea
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy earlier this week stopped a ship in the Arabian Sea believed to be bound for Yemen loaded with Iranian-made missiles and other weapons, U.S. Central Command said Thursday.
U.S. News // 5 hours ago
Tesla plans second stock offering to raise more than $2B
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Automaker Tesla says it will make a secondary stock offer in a bid to raise more than $2 billion to shore up its balance sheet -- less than two weeks after Elon Musk said it "didn't make sense" to raise more money.
U.S. News // 7 hours ago
Americans to spend record $27.4B for Valentine's Day, survey says
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Americans are expected to set a record for Valentine's Day spending this year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation.
U.S. News // 14 hours ago
Pompeo 'outraged' over U.N. list of companies in West Bank
Feb. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday lashed out at the United Nations Human Rights Office over a report published earlier this week listing businesses operating in occupied Palestinian territory.
U.S. News // 16 hours ago
ExxonMobil fire released harmful chemicals, none detected outside of facility
Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The fire at an ExxonMobil Refinery in Louisiana on Tuesday released harmful chemicals, but initial testing found none outside of the facility.