Body of Missing Tennessee Mom Karen Swift Found … Death Ruled a Homicide


The case of missing Tennessee mother of four has gone from a missing person case to a murder investigation. The body of 44 year old Karen Swift was found along the roadside covered by vegetation about three miles from where Swift’s abandoned car has been located. Karen Swift had been missing since October 30, 2011 when she was last seen be her husband at her home in Dyersburg home. Swift’s death has been ruled a homicide.

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No suspects have yet been named in the death of Karen Swift.

A missing person investigation became a murder investigation when authorities confirmed that a body discovered near a Tennessee highway was that of Karen Johnson Swift, the mother of four who disappeared on Oct. 30.

“She had been there some time,” Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box told ABC News’ Western Tennessee affiliate WBBJ-TV. “The body had been concealed by vegetation.”

Swift’s body was in an area covered in vines and that there were no indications that she was killed in a different location, according to the sheriff. The place where the body was recovered is about three miles from where Swift’s abandoned car, a white 2004 Nissan Murano, was found with a flat tire.

More comments from Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box:

“There were some apparent injuries to the body,” Box told WBBJ. “We’re going to wait to let the medical examiner’s final report tell us the extent of those injuries.”

The sheriff said it could be two weeks before a Memphis coroner releases the final autopsy report. Police are now focusing on finding Swift’s killer.


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