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Post by TomTerrific0420 on Thu Nov 03, 2011 5:29 pm

Helicopters and bloodhounds are being used in the search for a
44-year-old western Tennessee woman who disappeared early Sunday
morning, police said.
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Karen Johnson Swift, a mother of four children, was last seen at her
home in Dyersburg, Tenn., around 1:30 a.m. Sunday after she reportedly
returned from a Halloween party, the Dyersburg State Gazette reported
Thursday.

Her car was later found with a flat tire on Millsfield Highway, about
a quarter mile from her home. The vehicle has been sent to Nashville
for forensic investigation.

The Dyer County Sheriff's Office said the Tennessee Bureau of
Investigation, Tennessee Highway Patrol and the FBI's Violent Crimes
Task force have been aggressively searching for Swift.

ABC News said authorities suspect foul play. Police say Swift had
recently filed for divorce from her husband but he has not been named as
a suspect.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/11/03/FBI-searches-for-missing-Tenn-mom/UPI-24291320325811/#ixzz1cfFt3aJV
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Post by angelm07 on Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:25 pm

Tenn. mother of four Karen Swift missing since Sunday

(CBS/WREG) DYERSBURG, Tn. - Memphis police are searching for a mother of
four who reportedly was last seen in her home by her husband early
Sunday morning.
Investigators in West Tennessee have been
searching by foot and helicopter for Karen Johnson Swift, 44, after she
was reported missing by her husband.
ABC News
reported that her 2004 Nissan Murano was found on a road a little less
than a mile away from her home with a flat tire. Her cell phone was not
inside.
Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box said that a Tennessee
Highway Patrol helicopter used heat sensing technology in an aerial
search on Tuesday. The car is also being sent to a crime lab in
Nashville for forensic testing.
Authorities say the last sign
from Karen was when she used the internet on her phone around 5 a.m.
Sunday. Police are working with the phone company to home in on the
exact location.
CBS affiliate WREG
reported that Swift recently filed for divorce from her husband on Oct.
11th. He has been interviewed by police and has not been called a
suspect.
Box said the investigation is being treated as a missing person case and there have not been any signs of foul play. .
However, ABC News reported authorities are suspecting foul play.
Swift's father Gary Johnson told ABC that the family is "worried to death," and that her four children are devastated.

ohnson said, "she had never missed a day since they can remember that she wasn't there to wake them up at 6 a.m."
He speculates that his daughter got a flat tire, and while walking home, something happened to her.
Karen
Swift is 5-feet-5 inches tall, 138 lbs., and has blond hair and green
eyes. Police ask anyone who may have information regarding her
whereabouts to contact the Dyer County Sheriff's Office at 731-285-2802.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57318097-504083/tenn-mother-of-four-karen-swift-missing-since-sunday/
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Post by angelm07 on Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:24 pm

Karen Johnson Swift has been missing from northwest Tennessee since
Halloween weekend and the details surrounding her case have been
steadily making it to media sources. Where is this missing Tennessee
mother of four and what happened to her?
KAREN JOHNSON SWIFT - 44 yo (Murdered) - Dyersburg TN Karenswift2When Karen Johnson Swift was last seen, she had just picked up her daughter from a Halloween party and was at her home in Dyersburg,
which is approximately an hour from Darden, the town from where Holly
Bobo vanished seven months ago. It was Karen's husband who reported her
missing and it's being widely reported that the 44-year-old woman had
filed for a divorce from the man in mid October.
A friend of the missing woman told the Huffington Post:
"She had picked her daughter up from a Halloween party around 1:30 that morning because [her daughter] was not feeling well."
She added:
"She went to bed with her daughter, and when the girl woke up around 6 a.m., her mother was gone."
Where is Karen Johnson Swift?
The
missing Tennessee mother's car was found near her home with flattened
tires. A neighbor of the missing woman discovered her abandoned vehicle.
"I
noticed it was her vehicle, so I pulled in behind it and shined my
lights, and I could see that she wasn't in her vehicle," said Marty
Lamb.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, who doesn't have the
most positive track-record with solving missing persons cases, is in
possession of the missing woman's vehicle and it's undergoing forensic
testing. Hopefully they are also investigating the possibility of a
serial abductor or murderer in the central and west Tennessee regions.
There are just far too many cases of missing women in the area that
share similarities telling of serial killer behavior. The appearances of
these women, their names and their professions are just some of the
numerous connections that have been made online in various sources.
The
friend of the missing woman, who made the above comments, doesn't think
she could've willingly disappeared. She told the Huffington Post that
Karen Swift is an avid jogger and could've simply run home if her car
was incapacitated.
KAREN JOHNSON SWIFT - 44 yo (Murdered) - Dyersburg TN Swift640New clues in the disappearance of Karen Swift
It's
been released that cell phone records indicate that someone accessed
the missing mother's cell phone at around 5:00 a.m. However, police are
not commenting any further on this. It's probably safe to say whatever
this internet usage pertained to, it could be relevant to her
disappearance.
Her husband has been interviewed by police and
hasn't spoken to the media. He isn't considered a suspect at this time,
but it's hard not to speculate considering the circumstances. Karen
Johnson Swift filed for divorce from her husband, but the two of them
still lived together "under good terms." It just seems too convenient
that she vanished in the middle of the night with her daughter in her
bed with her, only to disappear without a trace. Her abandoned car just
reeks of familiarity with another similar case a couple hundred miles
away in Missouri. The case of missing Jacque Sue Waller is quite
similar, but not connected. Her husband is currently in jail and has
allegedly confessed to murdering the missing Missouri mother of triplets
to his father.
With cases like these in the news, it's easy to speculate on the
possibility that the missing Tennessee mother's husband could know where
she is. However, there are just too many disappearances in the state of
Tennessee to draw such conclusions. With this woman missing in an area
surrounded by several high-profile missing women cases, anything is
possible.
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Post by angelm07 on Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:07 pm

Karen Johnson Swift Missing: Tennessee Police Search For Mother Of Four



Police are looking for a northwest Tennessee woman who has been
missing since October 30, hours after picking up her daughter from a
Halloween party.


Karen Johnson Swift, a 44-year-old mother of four, was last seen at
her home in Dyersburg, a city located about 77 miles north-northeast of
Memphis.


"She had picked her daughter up from a Halloween party around 1:30
that morning because [her daughter] was not feeling well," Swift's close
friend, Carrie Engelhardt, told The Huffington Post. "She went to bed
with her daughter, and when the girl woke up around 6 a.m., her mother
was gone."


Swift's vehicle, a white 2004 Nissan Murano, was found abandoned on
the Millsfield Highway, roughly a half mile away from her home. The
vehicle had a flat tire.


A neighbor, Marty Lamb, spotted Swift's disabled vehicle around 5:30 a.m. when he was driving to work.


"I noticed it was her vehicle, so I pulled in behind it and shined my lights, and I could see that she wasn't in her vehicle," Lamb told WREG-TV.
The vehicle was taken to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime
lab for processing. Investigators have yet to comment on what, if
anything, has been found in the vehicle.


One clue that investigators are working on is cellphone records,
which show that someone used the internet on Swift's cell phone at
around 5 a.m. Sunday. Authorities have yet to comment on any further
details of the search, and calls to the missing device go to voicemail.
Investigators are now working with the cellphone carrier to try to
determine the last known location of the phone.


The Dyer County Sheriff's Office did not immediately return a call
from The Huffington Post on Friday requesting comments on the case.
According to a dispatcher, the sheriff's office is busy conducting a
search for Swift in and around the area where her vehicle went missing
in collaboration with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee
Highway Patrol and the FBI.


Police have said little about the searches except to report that
investigators have found no signs that Swift was a victim of foul play.


Swift's friends, however, are not convinced.


Engelhardt said she doesn't believe her friend would have hitchhiked or accepted a ride from a stranger.


"Karen was an avid runner," she said. "She could have jogged home in
two to three minutes. She would not have sat there or gone off with
someone."


"None of us think she got up after she went to bed with [her
daughter] and decided to go somewhere," Engelhardt added. "So, the
question is, who would have taken her or done something to her in the
house?"


On Oct. 11, Swift filed for divorce from her husband, David Swift,
due to irreconcilable differences. Even though they were divorcing, they
still lived together.
David Swift has been interviewed by police, and has not been called a
suspect or person of interest in his wife's disappearance. He has yet to
speak with the media, but, according to WMC-TV,
he did tell a friend on Facebook, "We want her home and love her very
much ... My main focus is to work with the authorities to get her home
safely. Thanks for the many prayers and kind words, which is greatly
appreciated."
Swift's disappearance comes seven months after Holly Bobo, a
20-year-old nursing student and cousin of country music star Whitney
Duncan, vanished from a one-story ranch-style house in Darden, a small
community 80 miles southeast of Dyersburg.


According to police, Bobo's brother said that he saw a man dressed in
camouflage clothing drag his sister through the carport next to the
home and into a wooded area behind it. A small puddle of blood was later
discovered by the carport.


Local and state law enforcement authorities coordinated a massive
search effort behind Bobo's home. Investigators found items that
belonged to Holly, such as her lunch bag and cellphone, but nothing to
suggest where she was taken.


But those close to Swift didn't suspect a link, and the circumstances between the two cases significantly differ.


"I do not think that they are linked at all," Engelhardt said.


Meanwhile, friends of Swift are planning to hold a prayer vigil for
her tonight. They have also kept busy posting missing person flyers and
updating the "Karen Swift Missing Mom of 4" Facebook page with information about the case.
"We all know Karen very well. She would never leave. She would never
run away and leave her kids. It's not the type of person she is
whatsoever. She does everything for those kids. We hope that she turns
up, but we grow more concerned with the length of time that's gone by,"
Engelhardt said.


Swift is described as a white female, 5'5" tall, 138 lbs., with
blonde hair and green eyes. Anyone with information in the case is asked
to contact the Dyer County Sheriff's Office at 731-285-2802
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Post by angelm07 on Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:43 pm

Karen Johnson Swift Case: Friend Says Police Have Found Missing Mom's Clothing



Police trying to solve the disappearance of Karen Johnson Swift have
recovered her clothing, the woman's friend reports. Swift, a mother of
four, has been missing since her car was found abandoned on a rural
Tennessee road on Oct. 30.


"They found her Halloween costume in the car. Some other articles of
clothing that belonged to her -- a pair of jeans and a gray zip-up --
were found in some brush not far from her car. They confirmed [the
clothing items] belong to her. They took DNA from her mother and
compared it to DNA on the clothes," Swift's friend Laura Jane told The
Huffington Post.


The Dyer County Sheriff's Office has yet to confirm the find. Calls
to the agency are directed to a voicemail for a Sheriff Jeff Boxx. The
sheriff has yet to return multiple requests for comment from The
Huffington Post.


Swift's vehicle, a white 2004 Nissan Murano, was found with a flat
tire on the morning of Oct. 30. The car was found abandoned on the
Millsfield Highway, roughly half a mile from her home in Dyersburg, a
city about 77 miles northeast of Memphis.


On Friday, another friend of Swift's, Carrie Engelhardt, told The Huffington Post
that Swift had picked her daughter up from a Halloween party around
1:30 a.m. that day because her daughter was not feeling well.


"She went to bed with her daughter, and when the girl woke up around 6 a.m., her mother was gone," Engelhardt said.


Authorities have conducted multiple searches in and around the area
where the vehicle was recovered. Those searches continued Wednesday.


"Today they are conducting aerial searches with helicopters," Jane
said. "They have brought in some topographical experts to study the lay
of the land because it is very rural. They are trying to get all the
help they can from outside resources because they are not as equipped as
a larger area would be."
On Oct. 11, 44-year-old Swift filed for divorce from her husband,
David Swift, citing irreconcilable differences. Though they were
divorcing, they still lived together.


"Their relationship was pretty volatile," Jane said. "She wanted to
leave with the kids and start over. She wouldn't leave her kids behind.
That was the only reason she was still in that marriage. She wanted them
to have a stable environment until she got all her stuff together."


"It's so bizarre," Jane added. "She filed for divorce and then
disappeared. I don't believe that coincidences like that happen, but
they could. You never know. Something obviously happened to her."


David Swift has been interviewed by police, and has not been called a
suspect or person of interest in his wife's disappearance. He has yet
to speak with the media but, according to WMC-TV, he did recently tell a friend on Facebook, "We want her home and love her very much."


Another of Karen Swift's friends, Lori Burks, told The Huffington Post that David Swift has hired an attorney.


"Her husband has [allegedly] quit talking to the authorities. He has
got an attorney. This is the most recent information we have received,"
Burks said.


On Saturday, sheriff's deputies arrested a neighbor of the Swifts',
39-year-old John E. Hogshooter, on an outstanding felony warrant for
animal cruelty. Hogshooter is accused of poisoning two dogs, including
one that belonged to the Swifts.

"[Hogshooter's] arrest was based solely on the outstanding aggravated animal cruelty warrant and that is a felony," Sheriff Box told the Dyersburg State Gazette. "We basically waited on the lab results to come back from the TBI on the poisoning and they confirmed it."


Because Hogshooter allegedly poisoned Swift's dog and lives in close
proximity to her residence, investigators impounded his vehicle and
searched his home after she went missing. Authorities did not find any
items connecting him to Swift's disappearance and do not consider him a
suspect.


Hogshooter was released from jail Monday on a $2,500 bond.


Meanwhile, Karen Swift's friends are anxious for answers and hopeful she will be found soon.


"I understand [the sheriff's office] is trying but it’s frustrating,"
Jane said. "This is like 'The Twilight Zone' here. We just want her to
be found. It's probably not going to be the outcome anyone wants, but
just so long as she can be recovered in whatever shape or form so her
kids can have answers."


The Swifts' oldest children, Dustin, 18 and Preston, 21, did not
immediately reply to a request for comment from The Huffington Post.
Swift is described as a white female, 5'5" tall, 138 lbs., with blonde
hair and green eyes. Anyone with information in the case is asked to
contact the Dyer County Sheriff's Office at 731-285-2802.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/09/karen-johnson-swift-missing-clothing_n_1084468.html
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Post by kiwimom on Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:18 pm

Karen Swift Breaking Developments — River Being Searched

November 21, 2011 10:30 PM EST

Karen Swift vanished on Halloween weekend and has been
missing with very few details hitting the media. The latest developments
in the search for the missing Tennessee mother involve a river search for the woman's body.
KAREN JOHNSON SWIFT - 44 yo (Murdered) - Dyersburg TN Karenjohnsonswift252c44Nancy
Grace brought the update to attention on a segment of her show this
evening, and even spoke to a family member of the missing woman. It's
been revealed that police have located women's clothing around the bed of a river,
and some other clues have been found as well. Detectives aren't
clarifying on what kind of leads they've received but Nancy assumes, for
good reason, that it must be something big as they are apparently
dragging for a body of Karen Swift.
The disappearance of Karen
Johnson Swift occurred just over 100 miles from the disappearance of
20-year-old nursing student, Holly Bobo. It's been speculated that the
two missing persons cases could be evident of a serial attacker of
sorts. There are other unsolved missing women cases in the area and
other states surrounding Tennessee that are brought to light with this
speculation as well. If police do find the missing woman's body after
dragging the lake and searching the river areas, the next step is to
investigate what happened and determine whether or not the public is at risk.
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Post by kiwimom on Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:43 pm

Karen Johnson Swift Update; Lab Results Are In

December 07, 2011 05:40 AM EST

Karen Johnson Swift vanished on Halloween weekend without a
trace, leaving behind very little clues in her disappearance. In the
latest update to this missing persons case, detectives say the lab
results on evidence is back and being analyzed.
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Detectives investigating the disappearance of Karen Johnson Swift aren't revealing
their findings, but hopefully they lead them in the right direction. Sources report
that although nobody is in custody, detectives maintain that they are
making progress in the investigation. So what does that mean?
The Tennessee mother has been missing for over a month and it's been
believed from the beginning by some that the woman is a victim of a
serial predator. It just seems so suspicious that the woman vanished
just an hour away from Darden, Tennessee -- the town where Holly Bobo
was allegedly abducted by a man in camouflage. Private Investigator Bill
Warner is one expert who seems to believe the two cases may be
connected, and he has a lot of evidence on his blog that kind of proves his point.
What happened to Karen Swift?
Karen Swift vanished under suspicious circumstances that kind of point to the
statistical conclusion that her husband could be responsible. However,
detectives claim her husband is being cooperative and doesn't appear to
be involved. Nonetheless, the woman had just filed for a divorce. You
pair that info with the fact that her car was found abandoned a few feet
from her home and it doesn't really look good for her family.
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Post by mom_in_il on Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:06 pm

Homicide probe launched after missing mother's body found in rural Tennessee
By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 4:34 PM EST, Mon December 12, 2011

(CNN) -- Authorities have launched a homicide investigation after identifying a body found in a rural western Tennessee county as that of Karen Swift, a mother of four last seen six weeks ago, authorities said.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John Mehr said the body was discovered Saturday in Dyer County.

"It's very emotional for Mr. Swift and the family," Timothy Naifeh, a lawyer for the woman's husband, David Swift, said in a statement.

"They're asking at least for this period of time to have some privacy -- it's time for grieving and it's time for mourning. It's heartbreaking and it's very, very sad."

Karen Swift, 44, was last seen at her home at 1:30 a.m. October 30, according to a previous statement from the Dyer County Sheriff's Office. Her friends had told CNN affiliate WMC that Swift, a mother of four, had just returned home from a Halloween party.

Her car, a 2004 white Nissan Murano, was later recovered on a main highway in northern Dyer County with a flat tire, according to police.

Her disappearance prompted a massive ground and aerial search, Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box noted in early November. The missing woman's brother, Jeffrey Johnson, told HLN's Nancy Grace on November 21 that authorities also searched the Obion River after finding some old clothes nearby.

Box said in an e-mail Monday that the body, later identified as Swift, was found "concealed ... by undergrowth and vegetation for some time" around 1:30 p.m. Saturday off Harness Road. This runs between Route 78 and Millsfield Highway about nine miles north of downtown Dyersburg.

The body was sent to the Shelby County Medical Examiner's Office in Memphis, where it was identified on Sunday as Swift using dental records, according to Box.

The sheriff wrote Monday that a homicide investigation, rather than a missing person's case, is now being conducted into the woman's death.

In addition to two older children, Swift leaves behind 6- and 9-year-old girls. Weeks ago, Johnson said those girls were "in shock" with their mother gone.

"We're doing everything we can to be together right now," Preston Swift, an older son of Swift, added November 22 to HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell. "My father and I have been doing everything we can to help (his two youngest siblings) deal with the situation."

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Post by mom_in_il on Fri May 18, 2012 4:10 pm

Investigators say they are close to arrests in Karen Swift case

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Story Created: May 17, 2012 at 6:58 AM CDT
Story Updated: May 17, 2012 at 7:02 AM CDT

DYER COUNTY, Tn.----Arrests could be coming soon in the case of a murdered Tennessee mother Karen Swift.

On Wednesday, Investigators revealed they're closer to an arrest. The search for Smith began after her disappearance last Halloween.

Also on Wednesday, Swift's husband David hired high-powered attorney Steve Farese to represent him. Farese says his investigation uncovered some some suspects and that more than one person may be arrested.

http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/home/ticker/Investigators-say-they-are-close-to-arrests-in-Karen-Swift-case-151854915.html
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Post by mom_in_il on Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:04 pm

On Karen Swift: "We'll Throw the Murder Case Out if You Talk"

Reported by: Jackie Orozco
Published: 8/10 5:33 pm
Updated: 8/10 6:30 pm



DYERSBURG, TN (abc24.com) - It has been almost 5 months since Karen Swift’s autopsy report was complete. Investigators will not comment about the findings of the report because it's sealed under a court order. A family friend says if anyone talks, the judge will throw out the case.

Neighbors say the Swift family is taking it one day at a time. Karen Swift is the Dyersburg mother who disappeared last Halloween. Her body was later discovered a few miles from her home, but no arrests have been made and neighbors say it’s hard for the family to move on.

“You don't hear much about it anymore,” a family friend, Dalton Craig, told abc24.com.

Craig knows the Swift family well. He says the 44-year-old mother would come to his grocery store all the time. It's less than a mile from her home. Her estranged husband, David Swift, still comes there with their kids.

"He doesn't say much. He comes and eats and don't say much," said Craig.

The Dyer County Sheriff told abc24.com the Karen Swift case is active and ongoing. He says if we wanted detailed information to contact the District Attorney, Phillip Bivens. We did, but we were told he was in court all day Friday. Bivens never returned any of our calls and wasn't at his office.

The TBI is keeping quiet too. The assistant DA practically ran from us after leaving the court house Friday, saying he had "no comment" about the Swift case. Her family and especially her estranged husband, David Swift, can't talk to their friends about it, let alone the media.

“It's just on hold,” said Craig. “The judge won't let (David) say anything or he'll close the case, close it down on him."

Karen Swift filed for divorce October 11, 2011. She disappeared on October 30, 2011. The case turned into a murder investigation when her body was discovered on December 10, 2011 near a cemetery. Then on March 20, 2012, her autopsy report was complete. It's sealed from the public. Today there are no suspects, no arrests, and not a peep from officials.

"There hasn't been anything said about it and nobody has come up with any new evidence," said Craig.

But people like Dalton Craig remain hopeful Swift's killer will be brought to justice.

http://www.abc24.com/news/local/story/On-Karen-Swift-Well-Throw-the-Murder-Case-Out-if/mck1UxX4jEWWD8uAiSF43g.cspx?rss=59
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Post by angelm07 on Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:21 pm

Dyer County sheriff continues to investigate Swift case

09/02/2012
DYER COUNTY, TN (KFVS) -

The Dyer County sheriff's office continues to investigate the death of Karen Swift.

Police say Swift, 44, vanished in late
October 2011 just after she picked up her daughter from a Halloween
party. Later, authorities discovered her car. It appears someone slashed
her tires.

Her body was found in December 2011 in Dyer County.

According to Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box, investigators have ruled out every current person of interest, except for one.

He
says you have to be very careful in assessing anyone with lab and DNA
results that are still out, or even making any statement about how many
persons are involved until the results are received.

According to the sheriff, investigators are still doing a great job compiling information about the case.

Box says everyone would already like to have
seen an arrest, but time is not the important issue here. He says the
important thing is doing the job right. And, he says his department has
been putting this case together one solid piece at a time.

The sheriff says investigators will use all
results of the investigation to lead to an arrest and conviction. He
says investigators are fortunate to have made all the advances that they
have in this case.

According to Box, there are many other cases
of this type where the victims are still missing, and even other cases
that it took many years to find those missing.

He says everyone should keep those families along with Swift's loved ones in our prayers.
http://www.kfvs12.com/story/19439426/dyer-county-sheriff-continues-to-investigate-swift-case
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Post by mom_in_il on Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:21 pm

Swift case may go before special called grand jury

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sheriff Box says no indictment will be announced until suspect in custody

Monday marked the one-year anniversary in which the body of Karen Swift was found. It also marked the one-year anniversary Dyer County Sheriff's investigators turned their missing person investigation into a murder investigation. Since that time, sheriff's investigators have focused their attention in bringing her killer to justice and preparing the case for trial.

Although the Dyer County Grand Jury met on Monday, Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box said the case was not presented to them. With grand jury dates always known, Box said, if needed, he would make a request to District Attorney Phil Bivens to call a special grand jury. Even if a special grand jury is called, Box stated he would not announce if an indictment had been made until a suspect is in custody.

"We wouldn't announce if an indictment had been made and jeopardize the lives of those officers executing an arrest warrant," said Box. "That just wouldn't happen."

Box pointed out the investigation is ongoing and too much effort and time has been put into the case for them to not present it to a grand jury until they are ready to go to court.

"People have no idea of the amount of evidence we have had to process and what all we have had to do without there being any eyewitness to Karen's murder," said Box. "This case is still ongoing and we have several more things we would like to do to insure we get a conviction when this case goes to court."

Karen Swift, a 44-year-old mother of four was reportedly last seen early Sunday morning, Oct. 30, 2011, by her husband David Swift at their home on Willie Johnson Road (just off of Harness Road). Although she had filed for divorce from David Swift, on Oct. 10, 2011, she still resided with him and their two daughters at their residence. On Sunday, Oct. 30, within a short walking distance from her home, her white 2004 Nissan Murano was found abandoned a few hours after her last contact with her husband. The vehicle was located on Millsfield Highway near the intersection of Harness Road and had a flat tire.

An investigation into her disappearance continued until Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, when her body was found by a cemetery caretaker near Bledsoe Cemetery in Dyer County. This location was adjacent to the historical lighted cross which is just off of Harness Road.

After the body was positively identified as Karen Swift, Box stated the case was being investigated as a murder. An autopsy was performed on Swift's body by the Shelby County Medical Examiner's Office in Memphis and she was buried in Pocahontas, Ark. on Feb. 11. In March 2012, the medical examiner's final autopsy report was released to sheriff's investigators and the Dyer County District Attorney's Office. The findings of the report were sealed from the public under a court order. In September, Box stated they had a person of interest in the case and were preparing for a murder trial.

The Dyer County Sheriff's Department is still asking anyone who had contact with Swift before her disappearance, recalls seeing anyone near her vehicle on Millsfield Highway on Oct. 30, 2011, or has any other information about the case to contact the Dyer County Sheriff's Office at 731-285-2802 or 1-800-TBI-FIND. Callers who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers of Dyer County at 731-285-TIPS. Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects.


http://www.stategazette.com/story/1921468.html
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