(KWTX) Investigators on Friday said a man found dead in the neighborhood of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik is now linked to the death of the South Carolina girl who was missing for days.
Investigator Evan Antley, with the Cayce Department of Public Safety, identified the man as 30-year-old Coty Scott Taylor.
The man was found dead in his home shortly after investigators found an item from the missing girl inside his trash can.
Authorities on Thursday found the body of the girl in a wooded area near her home.
She mysteriously disappeared from her home earlier this week after a school bus dropped her off. She was last seen playing in her front yard.
Dozens of law enforcement officers and volunteers canvassed the area near the girl's home for days after she disappeared.
Police say the girl's body was placed in the woods after investigators found the evidence inside the neighbor's trash can.