Missing mother's body found in Dyer County

Karen Swift
Karen Swift

(WMC-TV) – A missing woman's death was ruled a homicide Monday, two days after her body was found in rural Dyer County.

Police blocked off a large portion of Harness Road near Highway 78 for most of Saturday afternoon and night. That's where they found a decomposed body near the home of missing Dyer County mother Karen Swift.

The medical examiner's office used dental records to identify Swift's body.

Swift, a mother of four, picked up her daughter from a Halloween party in late October and has not been seen since. Days after her disappearance, her car was found near her home. Her tires were split.

A source said the caretaker of Bledsoe Cemetery was on the grounds Saturday.

He passed a kudzu patch while leaving the cemetery and noticed something unusual.

When he went for a closer look, he found the body and called the sheriff's department, a source said.

Investigators said Swift was murdered, though they won't say how.

The sheriff's department asks that anyone that may have helpful information call either 731-285-2802 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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