| Sheriff Jay Koon |

A recent case involving a little girl by the name of Faye Marie Swetlik has touched our entire community; a situation that will likely be on our minds and in our memories for a long time to come. We have rallied together, prayed together and grieved together—as a community, as citizens, as agencies and as law enforcement officers.

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who played a part in this case. I witnessed some of the greatest actions of support from many corners of our country. Local, state and federal agencies stepped in to offer investigative assistance and policing to the Cayce Department of Public Safety. It truly shows how powerful our community is. Over 250 law enforcement personnel were on-scene during the week of searching for Faye.

And to our Lexington County citizens who were monumental in providing tips and camera footage; thank you for all of your assistance. I was extremely impressed by the willingness of our citizens to step up and volunteer to spread Faye’s picture and information within their networks in hopes of getting some answers. Your help offers valuable support in our daily work.

I would like to especially highlight Chief Byron Snellgrove and the men and women of Cayce DPS for the outstanding work they put into this difficult case. Your tireless efforts have not gone unnoticed in our community. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to serve the residents of Lexington County.

May we never forget Faye and how she impacted all of our lives.