December 14, 2011 Edition

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Investigation in Swift
case shifts to homicide

Gretchen Hunt

The search for Walnut Ridge native Karen Johnson Swift, age 44, ended on Sunday when the Shelby County Medical Examiner's Office positively identified her body, which was found on Saturday.

Swift, who had been missing since Oct 30, is a Walnut Ridge High School graduate and also a former resident of Pocahontas.

According to the Dyersburg State Gazette, Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box stated the injuries to Swift's body, coupled with the placement of it, warranted the investigation to switch from a missing-person case to a murder investigation.

He was quoted as saying the following: "Due to her body placed and concealed in the area that it was recovered from and apparent injuries to her body, it has been ruled a homicide."

Her body was found approximately three miles from where her vehicle was found abandoned, reportedly with a flat tire.

At this time no suspects have been named in the case.

Account established
An account has been set up at iBERIABANK to help offset funeral expenses for Swift. Donations may be made at any branch of the bank.

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