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Arrest may be near in Karen Swift murder

Dyer County mom Karen Swift disappeared after a Halloween party in October 2011. Dyer County mom Karen Swift disappeared after a Halloween party in October 2011.
Swift was last seen by her husband David at their home on Willie Johnson Road. Swift was last seen by her husband David at their home on Willie Johnson Road.
Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box says he's hoping results from forensic lab work will be back very soon. Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box says he's hoping results from forensic lab work will be back very soon.

(WMC-TV) – Stunning news out of Dyer County, investigators may be close to an arrest in the murder of Dyer County mother Karen Swift.

It's been almost a year since Swift disappeared and was later found murdered near her home.

Dyer County mom Karen Swift disappeared after a Halloween party last October.  She was last seen by her husband David at their home on Willie Johnson Road. 

Her family hasn't spoken out since last November, less than a month before Swift's body was found.

"If my mother is out there, we are very worried, very concerned," said Swift's son Preston in an earlier interview.

"People's naturally upset.  Feel for the family...and feel, for her too," said Dyer County resident Homer Reeves.

The 44-year-old's body was discovered December 10th near Bledsoe Cemetery.  That's when investigators began treating the case as a homicide.

There is now a person of interest in the case.

Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box says he's hoping results from forensic lab work will be back very soon.  He says that evidence will be prepared in a courtroom presentation format.

"Currently we are not naming any suspects and will not name anyone until we feel it will benefit the case," stated Box.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is trying to determine Swift's movements before and after her disappearance.  They're trying to figure out how far her vehicle traveled from the time she arrived home October 30th until it was found parked along the Millsfield Highway.

They're using cell phone data to help determine her whereabouts. 

"I don't want to speak badly about Karen," said attorney Steve Farese, "but there were some things going on that were quite unusual."

Swift was divorcing her husband David.  David Swift has hired Farese as his attorney.  He has not been charged with any crime.

Farese told Action News Five in May 2012 that he thinks very little of the talk that his client could be his wife's killer.

"A lot of people say that.  Those people are ignorant and don't know what they're talking about," said Farese.

David Swift's attorney did tell us that he didn't know who the person of interest was in this case.

The Dyer County Sheriff says 50 to 100 pieces of evidence have already been collected in this case but he's waiting on more.

He hopes this will lead to an arrest in this nearly year-long case.

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