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Sheriff's Department recovers unidentified body

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sheriff deputies block off Harness Road off Highway 78 where Harness Road and Burnt Mill Road meet. The Dyer County Sheriff's Department recovered an unidentified body on Saturday afternoon. The medical examiner is expected to identify the remains and determine a cause of death by Monday.
The Dyer County Sheriff's Department recovered an unidentified body on Saturday afternoon but they are releasing few details at this time. The sheriff's department is confirming only that a body has been recovered, refusing to even speculate on the sex of the deceased.

Speculation began to swirl that the body was possibly that of Karen Swift, the missing mother of four who was last reportedly seen in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 30. Box would not confirm that it was Swift or anyone else until the medical examiner's office has identified the body and the next of kin have been notified.

"All we can confirm at this time is that we have recovered an unidentified body that will have to be identified by the medical examiner's office," said Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box. "Due to the state of decomposition to the body it will be sent to the medical examiner's office in Memphis. They will compare dental records that we have to Ms. Swift to determine if there is a positive identification."

Sheriff's deputies set up two roadblocks on Harness Road, approximately one mile apart from one another, on Saturday afternoon. The second roadblock pictured above is located where Craig Road meets Harness Road.
According to Box, the medical examiner's office will most likely have identification results by Monday as well as a cause of death. As of Saturday around 7 p.m. the body had not been moved from its original location as the sheriff's department is waiting on the arrival of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Violent Crime Response Team. The body was found at an undisclosed location in Dyer County sometime on Saturday. Box would not confirm at what time the body was found or who made the discovery. Although Box is not stating where the body was found, two roadblocks were set up by sheriff's deputies approximately one mile apart from one another. The first roadblock was located where Burnt Mill Road meets Harness Road off Highway 78 and a second roadblock was located where Craig Road and Harness Road meet.

Swift's 2004 white Nissan Murano, which was found on Millsfield Highway on Sunday, Oct. 30 with a flat tire, has been in Nashville for processing by the TBI. The car was returned to the Sheriff's Department on Friday, Dec. 9; a final report from TBI is still pending. The Sheriff's Department is continuing to evaluate evidence retrieved from Swift's car at this time. TBI has a DNA analyst and a data analyst assisting the sheriff's department with the case.

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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Highway 78 and Harness Road, I know I said that either last week or week before last. I didn't have anything to do with it, I don't hold myself out to be a psychic., it was logical guess. I hope it is not her but it probably is. At least maybe her family can get some closure, and I really hope forensics and and their violence task force unit can figure out what happened.

-- Posted by LisaDe on Sat, Dec 10, 2011, at 7:17 PM

Had they not already covered that area in the previous searches. If so, how does a body go unnoticed if it was there the whole time?

-- Posted by BroJams on Sat, Dec 10, 2011, at 7:34 PM

There are reports that the body was found in a shallow grave that partially washed away during recent rains.

-- Posted by Lynns Opinion on Sat, Dec 10, 2011, at 11:08 PM

To BroJams, I believe this area was searched before but back in early November, the vegetation, brush and weeds were alot thicker making it hard to see. However, if they had searched this area with dogs, i'm not sure how they would have missed it.

-- Posted by WEaretheirVOICE on Sun, Dec 11, 2011, at 12:12 AM

Who found the body.Hunters,searchers,sheriffs deputies.Maybe an unknown tipster called crime stoppers

-- Posted by stepreen on Sun, Dec 11, 2011, at 7:53 AM

Interesting comments; if Lynn's reports are correct the body may have never been found if not for the recent rainfall. I figure the body is at least a white female or Swift would have been ruled out in the initial reports.

-- Posted by A Touch of Reality on Sun, Dec 11, 2011, at 7:55 AM

To stepreen, I live in dyersburg & im familiar with the area the sheriffs cars had completely blocked off yesterday. There is a cemetary out there. Several comments have been made around town thats where the body was found. If so, it couldve been either someone visiting the cemetary or someone who keeps it up. If it had been someone in law enforcement to find it, I think they wouldve been the first to admit that they did for sure. If it is her, I pray for her children.

-- Posted by WEaretheirVOICE on Sun, Dec 11, 2011, at 9:42 AM

John Hogshooter did it!

-- Posted by Hogghater on Sun, Dec 11, 2011, at 12:41 PM

You don't know that. It seems unlikely to me. He wasn't even living in the area when she went missing. Let's wait for the investigation to play out before we start pointing fingers.

-- Posted by raspberrie on Sun, Dec 11, 2011, at 4:50 PM

If i knew who did it, i would turn them in and the case would be solved HH.

-- Posted by seahawk1 on Sun, Dec 11, 2011, at 4:51 PM

The location the body was found is just down the road from her home. I think its just a matter of time until they have the murderer. I cant wait to see justice done. I got a feeling the person lives very very close. The car was found at one end of Harness Rd, within 200 yards of Karens home, and the body at the other end of Harness Rd. I feel they will make an arrest soon. I think alot of people have an idea who may of done this, but i guess we dont need to speculate. Let the forensics and the rest of the evidence take care of it. Everybody be patient and the law I feel will soon have the person responsable.

-- Posted by string31 on Sun, Dec 11, 2011, at 5:05 PM

It's sad that who ever it is, it is a missing loved one... It seems the case is lining up, but still pray for all missing loved ones....

-- Posted by DMASE on Sun, Dec 11, 2011, at 10:02 PM


I came across this article this morning. Not sure if this is fact or just an assumption.

God Bless this family . Such a terrible end to a painfull search , if in fact this is true.

-- Posted by LadyKim on Mon, Dec 12, 2011, at 9:16 AM

Now that they found her,justice can be served!!! Her husband thought he'd get away with this.So very sad her children lost her this sad sad way...

-- Posted by DBURGIRL on Mon, Dec 12, 2011, at 10:37 AM


You know something no one else does? Why do you think her husband did this ? I jsut read where they had been married and divorced and remarried. He must have really loved her and wanted to try and make their lives together work . Why would he then kill her ? Makes no sense to me. But then again things like this never make any sense.

God Bless her children and her family .

-- Posted by LadyKim on Mon, Dec 12, 2011, at 11:22 AM

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