The search for missing Faye Swetlik (pictured) came to an end Thursday when authorities confirmed they had found her body in her South Carolina neighborhood
Missing six-year-old Faye Swetlik's body was found in a wooded area near her home before a male neighbor, 30, was found dead in his home, authorities said at a press conference Friday.
Officers confirmed that Faye's body was found in the woodland between her home in Churchill Heights and a Napa Auto Parts store on Thursday, when police were beginning a new search of the area following the discovery of a piece of 'critical evidence' in a trash can.
Her body had been moved there shortly before she was discovered, officers said.
The body of her suspected killer was then found at his home at 602 Piccadilly Square.
The deceased male has been identified as Coty Scott Taylor, a Caucasian 30-year-old man who officers said had no criminal history and was not known to police.
He is not related to the little girl nor is he a friend, authorities confirmed.
'He was merely a neighbor who lived at Churchill Heights,' Sgt Evan Antley with the Cayce Department of Public Safety said Friday.
He also confirmed that officers had previously spoken to Taylor during the search for the missing girl.
Police confirmed the two deaths are connected.
Antley assured the community ‘that there is no reason to believe there is an active threat in the community’.
No arrests had been made and officers are not seeking any persons of interest.
Antley would not comment on the condition of the bodies or the causes of death.
Authorities are also releasing audio from the 911 calls reporting Faye's disappearance.
Officers had returned to the scene after finding 'critical evidence' in a trash can belonging to the suspected killer on Thursday.
Antley said: 'Based on that discovery we narrowed down an area that we felt as an investigative team that we needed to go back to and look for more evidence.'
Antley confirmed they had been to the area multiple times prior to the discovery.
During the early planning stages of the new search, Faye's body was found.
Based on preliminary investigations from the coroner's officer Faye had not been in that location 'for very long at all'.
Shortly after finding Faye, officers found the body of Taylor at 602 Piccadilly Square.
Faye was a first-grade student at Springdale Elementary School. She went missing on Monday after getting off the school bus
Antley said he wanted 'everyone to continue to pray for Faye Swetlik'.
The Churchill Heights neighborhood where Faye lived continued to be under heavy police presence Friday morning.
Footage posted on Twitter showed that police had extended the crime scene to a different set of apartments near Londonderry Lane where Faye lived.
WIS-TV reported that several law enforcement officers were coming and going in the apartments and the wooded area surrounding them Friday morning.
Caution yellow police tape was also across the little girl's home.
The local community had taken to social media speculating about the identity of the deceased male and his connection to Faye's murder.
The latest revelations come as heartbreaking pictures emerged of Valentine’s Day cards that the little girl’s classmates made for her in the hope she would be returned alive.
Some of her friends in the first grade at Springdale Elementary School made the cards for her before the news of her death broke Thursday.
Lexington School District Two released a statement Thursday saying the school community was ‘heart-broken’ by her untimely death.
Flowers, balloons and teddy bears are left at the entrance to the Churchill Heights neighborhood for the little girl
The heartbroken community has set up a memorial for Faye Swetlik
‘We are heart-broken with news of the death of Faye Swetlik, a first-grade student at Springdale Elementary, who went missing earlier this week. When the school community experiences a tragedy like the loss of a child, it deeply affects all of us,’ it said.
Flowers, balloons and teddy bears had also been left at the entrance to the Churchill Heights neighborhood for the little girl.
The search for the missing six-year-old came to an end Thursday when authorities confirmed they had found her body in her South Carolina neighborhood.
The body of a deceased adult male was also located in the neighborhood, authorities said.
Director of Public Safety for Cayce, Byron Snellgrove announced the news through tears at a Thursday press conference where he spoke for only about a minute and took no questions.
A coroner identified the child's body this morning, police confirmed Thursday afternoon
'It's with extremely heavy hearts that we announce we have found the body that the coroner has identified as Faye,' Snellgrove said.
Faye's death is being treated as a homicide and no arrests have been made, he added.
Authorities did not identify the male or release information about where exactly the bodies were found or whether the two deaths were connected.
However, Snellgrove said 'there was no danger to the public'.
DailyMail.com requests for comment to the Cayce Department of Public Safety and the Lexington County Coroner haven't been returned.
The media was alerted to intensified police activity Thursday morning, with officers and fire crews blocking anyone from entering the neighborhood, even residents.
Investigators were also seen searching trash cans.
Authorities had given an update on the investigation Thursday morning.
At that time, police said they had towed two cars from the home where the child lived.
Antley confirmed that the vehicles were removed from the home but didn't share details of anything that 'may or may not have been found in those vehicles'.
The sergeant also confirmed that officers had searched Faye's home 'multiple times'.
Police had also closed off the neighborhood where the girl lived to everyone except residents, their visitors and delivery trucks. An officer was also stationed outside