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Faye Marie Swetlik, who has strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes, has been missing in Cayce, South Carolina for ten days.

A huge search including more than 250 officers and investigators is underway for a six-year-old girl in the US, last seen playing in her front yard after getting home from school.

Faye Marie Swetlik, who has strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes, has been missing in Cayce, South Carolina, for 10 days.

"We're hoping for the best. We want to get Faye back home," Sergeant Evan Antley said.

Faye Marie Swetlik was last seen playing in her front yard last Monday.

"So we're not leaving any stone unturned. We are exhausting every resource we have and then some."

Police are stopping cars going in and out of the neighbourhood and are going door to door, said Captain Adam Myrick of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department.

She arrived safely at home, but went missing

Faye, a first grader at Springdale Elementary School, got off her bus on Monday afternoon and safely arrived at her house in the Churchill Heights neighborhood, according to Sgt Antley.

Sometime around 3.45 pm, her family realised Faye was missing, he said.

"We're not sure if she just walked off and is somewhere in the woods or at a neighbour's house possibly in distress or fallen or something like that," Sgt Antley said on Tuesday evening. The FBI has also joined the search, he added.

Police were called around 5 pm and began a search with more than 100 law enforcement personnel, including K-9s. The number of searchers increased to more than 250 by Tuesday morning (local time), according to the Cayce Department of Public Safety.

Faye was last seen wearing a black shirt with the word 'peace' on it. She was also wearing a flower print skirt and polka dot rain boots, according to the Cayce Department of Public Safety. She is 116cm tall and weighs about 29 kilograms.

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Faye caught school bus home before going missing.

Faye is lactose intolerant and has a speech impediment, the department said. She currently has shoulder-length hair, according to Chief Byron Snellgrove of the Cayce Department of Public Safety.

Police are asking that anyone who has a video security system such as Ring and lives in the Churchill Heights neighborhood to contact law enforcement.

"Faye is a bubbly, energetic first grader," Chief Snellgrove said.

"Faye loves dresses, fancy shoes, spending time with her family, cats and playing outside. We've all been gathered for one thing here today and that's to find Faye."

New video footage emerges

Video footage of Faye on the school bus before she disappeared has been released in the hopes that anyone who recognises her may come forward.

It shows the schoolgirl sitting on a seat, turning around, and then walking off the bus.

Source: 9News

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