Photo Of Karen Swift Taken From Facebook Page In Loving Memory Of Karen Swift
UPDATE: 11/29/12 – DYERSBURG, TN – Karen Swift murder investigation almost in completion:
Dyer County investigators say the investigation into the murder of Dyer County mom Karen Swift is getting close to being complete. Sheriff Jeff Box said even though it has been a year since Swift was murdered, investigators are moving toward an arrest or indictment.
They plan to go to Nashville next week to pick up evidence the TBI just finished processing. Box says there are no witnesses to Swift’s murder so investigators have to rely on evidence.
As the investigation is winding down nerves appear to be frayed among her loved ones and friends.
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UPDATE: 09/21/12 – Dyersburg, TN – Dyer County Awaiting Arrest In Karen Swift Case:
The Dyer County Grand Jury meets the second week of October. It’s unclear if they will take up the Karen Swift murder case. It’s been almost an entire year since Swift was murdered in Dyersburg. The sheriff’s department has never made an arrest. They say there is a person of interest, but so far they aren’t naming any names.
Some people in Dyer County are concerned the killer could still be living among them.
“They need to find out who did that because everyone is on edge as far as getting out and riding in the country,” said Rob Roberson.
Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box says his office has looked at several people they think could be connected to the swift murder and narrowed it down to one.
Box says they are waiting on nearly a hundred pieces of evidence still being examined by the TBI before an arrest is made.
“It makes me feel uncomfortable you know. If there is a serial killer running around or something my wife goes out to the store at to places,” said Roberson.
A judge ordered Swift’s cause of death be sealed and not released until the trial.
The Dyer County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are jointly investigating Karen Swift’s murder. The Dyer County Sheriff’s Department requests any person with information about this case contact them at 731-285-2802 or call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
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Updated: 09/05/12 – Swift murder suspects narrowed to ONE - DYERSBURG, TENNESSEE (FOX13)
→ Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box said his detectives have eliminated all but one suspect in the probe of the Fall 2011 slaying of 44-year-old mother Karen Swift.
The name of the suspect and his or her relation to Ms. Swift has not been released.
“I think it gives everybody a little hope,” said James Brown, Dyersburg resident. “Lots of wondering. I think everybody just wants to know what happened to tell you the truth.”
Sheriff Box said Monday that his department has had a person of interest for months, but it’s the high community interest which pushed his department to make some of the investigation details public.
“In order to ensure a successful prosecution, we will continue to protect the integrity of this case to the end,” he said in a statement released to the media on Monday. “The cardinal rule of law enforcement is to do the job, but do it right.”
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Christmas photo of the Swift family with Karen in the middle wearing a red top
Ms. Swift disappeared from her home October 30, 2011 after a Halloween party. She lived about three miles from Bledsoe Cemetery, where a caretaker found her remains.
Her 2004 Nissan Murano, which had a flat tire, was found a mile from her home.
So far, no eyewitness have come forward.
Sheriff Box estimates between 50 to 100 pieces of evidence have been collected. Investigators have received much of the lab results back, but Box stated they are looking forward to receiving everything back that is needed to prepare this case for trial.
“Our investigators have done a very good job in compiling the evidence and we will use all of the results of the investigation and evidence from these agencies, in unison, to see that an arrest and conviction is obtained,” Sheriff Box said.
Some of the evidence includes Ms. Swift’s cell phones, which sheriff detectives hope will help pinpoint her whereabouts before, during, and after the murder.
While the Secret Service is using high-tech processing to analyze Swift’s cell, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in Nashville is sifting through forensic lab work.
“This processing with the Secret Service may provide highly detailed data, which may include the time of every movement that was made before, during, and after the murder,” Sheriff Box said. “I know the community would like to see an arrest made, so would we. However, patience is the key and it is paying off as time has been beneficial in making sure a conviction is rendered, after we make an arrest.”
The Dyer County Sheriff’s Office would have named the person of interest a suspect, but Sheriff Box said the woman or man is not on the run from authorities or is not in danger to others.
“She was sweet, just happy person, fun to be around,” said Kayla Wright, family friend.
“I don’t have any ideas who it could be, but hopefully it will be resolved soon,” said Bill Revell, former Dyersburg mayor.
In what has been a tight-lipped investigation, this latest information reveals this is an active cold case. The case will lean on DNA and highly detailed data that will be ready for a court presentation.
“I have made additional requests top expedite the processing of the remainder of the DNA and forensic evidence that is needed,” Sheriff Box said. “Some of the processing includes not only lab work, but taking the results of the investigation and having it preparing in a courtroom presentation display format.”
“Well I’ll be glad when it comes to a solution, is solved,” Revell said. “It’s been a very tough thing for our area.”
The Tennessee Highway Patrol Response Team is also working with Dyer County investigators to help determine the distance her white SUV traveled from the time Ms. Swift arrived home.
Ms. Swift’s autopsy results, which were performed by the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office in Memphis, were sealed under a court order citing the ongoing investigation.
Dyersburg is 75 miles northeast of Memphis.
Source: My Fox Memphis
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UPDATE; September 4th, 2012 – MEMPHIS, TN – Arrest may be near in Karen Swift Murder Investigation:
Stunning news out of Dyer County, investigators may be close to an arrest in the murder of Dyer County mother Karen Swift.
It’s been almost a year since Swift disappeared and was later found murdered near her home.
Dyer County mom Karen Swift disappeared after a Halloween party last October. She was last seen by her husband David at their home on Willie Johnson Road. Her family hasn’t spoken out since last November, less than a month before Swift’s body was found.
“If my mother is out there, we are very worried, very concerned,” said Swift’s son Preston in an earlier interview.
“People’s naturally upset. Feel for the family…and feel, for her too,” said Dyer County resident Homer Reeves.
The 44-year-old body was discovered December 10th near Bledsoe Cemetery. That’s when investigators began treating the case as a homicide.
There is now a person of interest in the case.
Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box says he’s hoping results from forensic lab work will be back very soon. He says that evidence will be prepared in a courtroom presentation format.
“Currently we are not naming any suspects and will not name anyone until we feel it will benefit the case,” stated Box.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is trying to determine Swift’s movements before and after her disappearance. They’re trying to figure out how far her vehicle traveled from the time she arrived home October 30th until it was found parked along the Millsfield Highway.
They’re using cell phone data to help determine her whereabouts.
“I don’t want to speak badly about Karen,” said attorney Steve Farese, “but there were some things going on that were quite unusual.” Swift was divorcing her husband David. David Swift has hired Farese as his attorney. He has not been charged with any crime. Farese told Action News Five in May 2012 that he thinks very little of the talk that his client could be his wife’s killer. “A lot of people say that. Those people are ignorant and don’t know what they’re talking about,” said Farese.
David Swift’s attorney did tell us that he didn’t know who the person of interest was in this case. The Dyer County Sheriff says 50 to 100 pieces of evidence have already been collected in this case but he’s waiting on more.
He hopes this will lead to an arrest in this nearly year-long case.
Source Of Article: http://www.wmctv.com/story/19441454/arrest-may-be-near-in-karen-swift-murder
UPDATED; September 3rd 2012 → The Dyer County sheriff’s office continues to investigate the death of Karen Swift:
→ Karen Swift was 44-years-old when she disappeared on October 3rd, 2011. She picked up her daughter from a Halloween party and shortly after she went missing. Soon after, her car was found abandoned with her tires slashed. A couple of months later in December, 2011, her body was found in Dyer County, Tennessee. According to Dyer County Sheriff Jeffery Box, they have ruled out every 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 you complete it with all results.
According to the Jeffery Box, Investigators are still doing a great job compiling the case.
”Everyone would already like to have seen an arrest, but time is not the important issue here, the important thing is doing the job right.” Said Box. And, he says his department has been putting this case together a one piece at a time. They stated in an earlier article that they were confident this case will get solved and that solving cases takes time and isn’t like the TV shows that portray a fast suspect, fast arrest, fast conviction.
Investigators will use all results of this Investigation to lead to an arrest and conviction. Investigators are fortunate to have made all the advances that they have in this case. There are many other cases of this type where the victims are still missing and other cases that it took many years to find those missing. He says everyone should keep those families along with Swift’s love ones in our prayers.
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Update on Karen Swift homicide investigation five months after the autopsy came back:
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.
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Photo of Karen Swift and photo of her vehicle which was located shortly after her disappearance with a flat-tire on Millsfield Highway
Earlier information Regarding this Case
In November 2011, 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 would’ve willingly disappeared. She stated that Karen Swift is an avid jogger and would’ve simply run home if her car was incapacitated.
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New 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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Karen Johnson Swift, a mother of four children, was last seen at her
home in Dyersburg, Tenn by her husband around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, October 3, 2011 after she had returned from a Halloween party.
Her car was later found with a flat tire on Millsfield Highway, about a quarter-mile from her home. She was discovered murdered months later and the investigation as to who killed the mother and wife remains unsolved.