HENDERSON, Ky (WEHT) On Friday, South Carolina officials released new information in the death of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik, and it brings the case close to home.
Authorities say Swetlik’s body was found Thursday in a wooded area between her home and a nearby auto parts store. A short time later, officers found a neighbor of the Swetlik’s, dead in his home.
Officials say Coty Scott Taylor, 30, was not related to, nor was he a friend of Swetlik. Taylor also had no criminal history and he was not known to law enforcement.
However, authorities did say a piece of evidence had been found inside a trash can at Taylor’s home. Police say that piece of evidence actually led to the discovery of Swetlik’s body.
So what’s so familiar about this case?
We have to go back nearly 40 years to another similar missing child case in Santa Claus.
Kathy Kohm was 11 years old when she vanished from her Christmas Lake Village home in Santa Claus, Indiana on April 5, 1981. It prompted a massive search and her remains were recovered two months later near an abandoned logging trail in a wooded area about a quarter mile from her home.
An Evansville firefighter, Stanton Gash, had a home in that same subdivision. He was deemed a suspect in the case but was never criminally charged.
The Kohm family did win a wrongful death suit against Gash two years later.
Years later, Gash had moved to Florida and authorities say he committed suicide as investigators were attempting get DNA evidence in the case. Kathy’s parents moved from Indiana to St. Louis.