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Karen Swift Murder Victim, Dyersburg Mother Found Dead

12/15/2011 05:31 PM ET

Karen Swift is now part of a murder investigation after her body was found on Tuesday in a rural area in Tennessee. Karen Johnson Swift, the missing Dyersburg mother of four, is now a murder victim and police have launched a homicide probe in the case. The 44-year-old was last seen on October 30th and was missing ever since.

Police said she filed for divorce from her husband David Swift a few weeks prior to her disappearance. However, local law enforcement have already questioned the husband and he is not considered a suspect at this time.

Timothy Naifeh, a lawyer for David Swift, said in a statement:

“It’s very emotional for Mr. Swift and the family. They’re asking at least for this period of time to have some privacy — it’s time for grieving and it’s time for mourning. It’s heartbreaking and it’s very, very sad.”

ABC reports that Karen Swift’s car was found shortly after she went missing. The  2004 white Nissan Murano was discovered on a main road in northern Dyer County with a flat tire. A massive ground and aerial search was launched in Dyer County. According to Jeffrey Johnson, Swift’s brother, police also searched the Obion River after finding clothes nearby.

Karen Swift’s body was found under a thin layer of vegetation. Her body was positively identified through dental records.

Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box told My Fox Memphis:

“Frost and winter conditions killed the vegetation, making the body visible within a few feet.”

Box said that there were “apparent injuries to the body” but did not elaborate. Box said:

“We’re going to wait to let the medical examiner’s final report tell us the extent of those injuries.”

The police haven’t named any suspects yet but they are approaching Swift’s death.

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