Although the Dyer County Grand Jury met on Monday, Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box said the case was not presented to them. With grand jury dates always known, Box said, if needed, he would make a request to District Attorney Phil Bivens to call a special grand jury. Even if a special grand jury is called, Box stated he would not announce if an indictment had been made until a suspect is in custody.
"We wouldn't announce if an indictment had been made and jeopardize the lives of those officers executing an arrest warrant," said Box. "That just wouldn't happen."
Box pointed out the investigation is ongoing and too much effort and time has been put into the case for them to not present it to a grand jury until they are ready to go to court.
"People have no idea of the amount of evidence we have had to process and what all we have had to do without there being any eyewitness to Karen's murder," said Box. "This case is still ongoing and we have several more things we would like to do to insure we get a conviction when this case goes to court."
Karen Swift, a 44-year-old mother of four was reportedly last seen early Sunday morning, Oct. 30, 2011, by her husband David Swift at their home on Willie Johnson Road (just off of Harness Road). Although she had filed for divorce from David Swift, on Oct. 10, 2011, she still resided with him and their two daughters at their residence. On Sunday, Oct. 30, within a short walking distance from her home, her white 2004 Nissan Murano was found abandoned a few hours after her last contact with her husband. The vehicle was located on Millsfield Highway near the intersection of Harness Road and had a flat tire.
An investigation into her disappearance continued until Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, when her body was found by a cemetery caretaker near Bledsoe Cemetery in Dyer County. This location was adjacent to the historical lighted cross which is just off of Harness Road.
After the body was positively identified as Karen Swift, Box stated the case was being investigated as a murder. An autopsy was performed on Swift's body by the Shelby County Medical Examiner's Office in Memphis and she was buried in Pocahontas, Ark. on Feb. 11. In March 2012, the medical examiner's final autopsy report was released to sheriff's investigators and the Dyer County District Attorney's Office. The findings of the report were sealed from the public under a court order. In September, Box stated they had a person of interest in the case and were preparing for a murder trial.
The Dyer County Sheriff's Department is still asking anyone who had contact with Swift before her disappearance, recalls seeing anyone near her vehicle on Millsfield Highway on Oct. 30, 2011, or has any other information about the case to contact the Dyer County Sheriff's Office at 731-285-2802 or 1-800-TBI-FIND. Callers who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers of Dyer County at 731-285-TIPS. Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects.