Thursday, November 3, 2011

Karen Johnson Swift: Mother of Four Missing From Tennessee (FOUND)

Doing all the right things, friends and family of Karen Johnson Swift, are looking desperately for clues.  Last seen by her husband around 1:30am on October 30, 2011, near Dyersburg, TN, her car was found approximately a mile away with a flat tire around 5:30am the same morning.

According to news reports, her family says she is athletic, runs several miles per day, and could have been walking away from the car back to her home.  Karen Swift owns a landscaping business and had plans made for future jobs, so it's unlikely that she was willing to walk away from her life, as well as her four children.

A Facebook page has been set up to assist in getting information out to the nation, as well as media outlets, to help investigators gather leads and tips.  There is also a printable flyer there:
"Authorities need anybody whom might have seen a 2004 White Nissan Murano between the hours of 1:30am - 5:50am early Sunday morning Oct. 30 in the Millsfield Hwy area or ANYWHERE in Dyersburg, Dyer County, surrounding counties, the Bootheel of Missouri and Caruthersville areas. In a 3 hour time span, of Karen's last unknown whereabouts NOTHING will be too small. If you can place her car on Millsfield Hwy earlier than 5:50am that helps narrow down the timeline. PLEASE share this and hopefully somebody saw SOMETHING associated with her vehicle somewhere here. Please call the Dyer County Sheriff's Department 731-285-2802 with that information no matter how small you think it is because it is still critical!" 

The Dyer County Sheriff's Office has been conducting aerial searches, and sent out search dogs on the ground sniffing for clues in the disappearance of the mother of four. Swift's SUV has already been sent to the TBI crime lab in Nashville for forensic processing.

In an interview with her parents, Karen Swift's father, Gary Johnson says, "She is a great mom and works hard," Johnson said. "She's a sweet person, real nice, gets along with everybody."  Swift's two sons are in college and her daughters are 7 and 9 years old. Johnson said his youngest granddaughter "just cries" and "won't hardly eat."

Authorities report that Karen Johnson Swift and her husband are in the process of a divorce, he has been questioned in her disappearance, but at this time is not considered a suspect.  According to Sheriff Jeff Box, "We don't have any evidence that would actually state that there is foul play but we don't have any evidence to state there's not either,' said Sheriff Box.

One news report states that Karen Swift arrived at the home late Saturday night and "dropped off" her children.  It also states that her husband spoke to her in the stairwell, then went on to bed.  There are still many gaps in the story and questions to be asked, but, at this point in the investigation, authorities are concentrating their efforts on searches for Karen Swift and gathering leads.

Vital Information about Karen Swift Johnson:
Age: 44
Race: White
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Green
Height: 5' 5"
Weight 138 lbs.

Anyone who has had contact with Swift, recalls seeing anyone near her vehicle since her disappearance, or has information regarding her whereabouts to contact the Dyer County Sheriff's Office at 731-285-2802.


Karen Swift Body Identified by TBI

Dyer County, TN - The remains of a body found in rural Dyer County on Saturday have been identified as those of 44 year old Karen Swift. Swift has been missing for more than a month.

Authorities had cordoned off an area of Harness Road near Highway 78 for most of Saturday afternoon and evening, where the decomposed body was found.

The body was then sent to the Regional Forensic Center in Memphis for an autopsy and identification according to The Associated Press.

"Frost and winter conditions killed the vegetation, making the body visible within a few feet," according to Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box

"We plan to rely on dental records to help identify the body," Box told My Fox Memphis.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Special Agent John Mehr confirmed late this morning that the remains have been identified as Karen Swift.

Mehr told the Associated Press that authorities are treating the case as a homicide.

Swift was last seen after picking up her daughter at a Halloween party in late October. The mother of four was last seen on October 30th and authorities later found her 2004 Nissan Murano on Millsfield Highway with a flat tire.


Anonymous said...

I'm thinking foul play. I saw one poster that had a small clip of an article pasted inside a box. I don't know if that was a euphemism for the sheriff-named Box- not letting the media run the investigation, or it was something pertaining to the investigation.

I've read some of the bloggers attaching themselves to the case. On one, some idiot appeared to be arguing with them-self and offering advice to the soon to be ex-husband.

Another is seeking an asphalt working serial killer on long haul trucker that runs around giving women flats so he can leave their corpses beside the highway. It only shows his military experience and a pretty good look at how the system really works.A psychic suddenly has a "vision" of someone with a hefty bounty on their head! Lol!(I don't put much stock in the asphalt serial killer notion myself. Fact is, I was a bit concerned exiting near one this last Thanksgiving after seeing a deputy backed into a side drive off the Interstate. I had just had dinner with a family whose daughter had once pulled a gun on one such abusive upholder of the law who wouldn't pay child support and only hit people-not to mention it had been a trouble spot for exiting in the past! I am aware of how the "system" works. Unfortunately, I can't afford it.)

Others are setting up fake blogs as a method of teaching. I just hope it isn't the student press who goes along with the above bloggers silly notions. If so, it may explain why one "serial killed" victim had her boyfriend burn her bank statements prior to her disappearance.

Others are seeking the "hubcap serial killer." Swift's car has no hubcaps. Lol!

But, dog poisoning Mr."T"-neighbor de jour, might have some insight on this phenomenon?Or, someone has Photoshopped for their own benefit,eh?

Others are running down people trying to work in that area. It's almost like an excuse for what they are now calling "Occupy." I recall the day they "Occupied" K-Mart. I got a speeding ticket setting still!

But, there will be those that will insist that it has something to do with massive fertilizer shipments since she was allegedly a landscaper. (We call them Sparky around here).

Or, there's always the possibility of an alien abduction. Many aliens work in the landscaping business as well as asphalt.

But, I'm betting it's the date setting crowd considering when she filed her divorce papers and when she disappeared-Halloween, or, the day before. All they want to do is become one (or minus one)! Lol!

I wouldn't put much stock in those tire sensor gauges on these newer cars. It didn't do much for Jaque Waller in Mo.

Under the bootheel they say. What's that all about?

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