The first-grader’s death is being treated as homicide, officials from Cayce Department of Public Safety said on Thursday in an emotional press conference.
Director Byron Snellgrove said that the body of a man was also found in the neighbourhood where Faye was last seen.
He did not say if the two deaths were related, but said that there is no ongoing threat to the community. The man is yet to be identified.
Crime scene tape has been seen in a wooded area near Churchill Heights, part of Cayce, a town outside of Columbia, South Carolina.
Faye was last seen at 3.45 pm on Monday after she got off the school bus and was playing outside her home. Her family reported her missing around 5 pm.
Authorities had searched door-to-door looking for the child and the FBI also got involved.
The Lexington County Sheriff’s Office asked for anyone the owners of security cameras to reach out to them in the hunt for leads.
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