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Sheriff's Dept. releases photos of Swift's vehicle

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

This aerial photo shows the location where Karen Swift's 2004 Nissan Murano was found and the surrounding area. The vehicle was pointed north and parked on the shoulder of the northbound lane with a flat tire.
Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box said the investigation into Karen Swift's disappearance is continuing and released photos of Swift's vehicle where it was found on Millsfield Highway on the date of her disappearance.

The photos show Swift's white 2004 Nissan Murano pointed north on Millsfield Highway on the shoulder of the highway. Investigators believe the vehicle was originally headed south (into Dyersburg), but had a flat tire and the vehicle pulled across the oncoming lane and was parked in the opposite direction.

"Somebody had to have seen this vehicle on (Millsfield Highway) during the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 30," said Box.

He again stated the highway was likely traveled by deer hunters and possibly people leaving Halloween parties that should have seen the vehicle parked on the shoulder of the road.

"If someone saw that vehicle, I wish they would give us a call," said Box.

He stated in the days to come, more search-and-rescue dogs and volunteers on horseback would perform more searches in areas of interest in the county. The Dyer County Rescue Squad is also being charged with the task of checking lakes and river areas close to where Swift's vehicle was found and her residence on Willie Johnson Road.

This is the side view of Swift's 2004 Nissan Murano as it was parked along Millsfield Highway. The vehicle was later impounded and sent to the TBI Crime Lab in Nashville. Sheriff Jeff Box stated there are still people who possibly traveled the highway on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 30, and saw the vehicle parked on the side of the road. He is reaching out to anyone who saw the vehicle parked there to call the sheriff's department at 731-285-2802.
"It's just to see if we can find any evidence," said Box.

He noted that searching for evidence is hazardous and hunting season adds an element of danger for searchers.

"I've ran into two deer hunters myself, so far," said Box. "That's why we have trained people out there searching."

As the investigation enters day 11 on Wednesday, investigators with the Dyer County Sheriff's Department are still continuing their efforts to find Swift.

"We're still interviewing people and looking over evidence," said Chief Investigator Terry McCreight.

Box said the investigation is taking a lot of time and he is giving the investigative team additional support.

"I temporarily assigned a narcotics investigator to work with CID to provide additional manpower," said Box.

He added that some results are coming back from the evidence they have collected and will evaluate what they have.

"Hopefully we will develop some new information that will answer some of these questions about Swift's disappearance," said Box.

Swift, a 44-year-old mother of four was last seen early Sunday morning, Oct. 30, by her husband at their home on Willie Johnson Road after she reportedly returned from a Halloween party. Her white 2004 Nissan Murano was later found on Sunday, Oct. 30, on Millsfield Highway near the intersection of Harness Road with a flat tire.

Sheriff Jeff Box stated this is what travelers on Millsfield Highway would have seen of Swift's vehicle as they drove north on the highway. A sheriff's investigator took these photos before the vehicle was impounded.
Karen Johnson Swift is described as:

Age: 44

Race: White

DOB: 1/25/67

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 is asked to contact the Dyer County Sheriff's Office at 731-285-2802.

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my heart and prayers go out to karen and her family and friends. god be with them in the hard times they are going through.

-- Posted by slap nap on Wed, Nov 9, 2011, at 8:19 PM

I believe if the residents traveling that area seen something, they would say something...Maybe if box release the so-called evidence, it could jog a memory of someone passing through.....still sounds strange..

-- Posted by DMASE on Thu, Nov 10, 2011, at 12:01 PM

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