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:
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.