Clothing could offer clues in search for missing Dyer County woman

(WMC-TV) - Authorities continued their search for a Dyer County woman Wednesday, more than a week after she was reported missing.

For more than a week and a half, there has been no sign of Karen Swift, a missing mother of four.

Wednesday, friends were beginning to fear the worst.

"It's just frightening as every day goes by, and they don't know a whole lot more," said Swift's friend, Carrie Engelhardt.

But Swift's friends hope clothing found near the missing woman's home will help lead investigators to her.

"We hear so many different things on a day-to-day basis about what's been found and what's not been found. So you just don't know what to believe until you officially hear it from someone," Bona said.

Investigators say so far they have not been able to link the evidence to Swift. The state crime lab will have to analyze the items to know for sure.

"I do believe they are doing all they can do," Cathy Bona said. "They're searching fields, ponds and rivers looking everywhere they can with what information they have."

Meanwhile, investigators have released photos showing Swift's car parked off the side of the highway about a quarter of a mile from her home, and an aerial photo showing the spot where the car was discovered.

"She was a wonderful mom and a wonderful friend and she would not willingly leave us, so we'd like answers. We don't know where she is but definitely want her back," Robin Alford said.

If you have information about Swift, call the Dyer County sheriff at 285-2802.

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