A Year Later: Questions Remain In Dyersburg Murder

A Year Later: Questions Remain In Dyersburg Murder

Rumors and speculation continue to swirl in Dyer County, with each passing day yielding few clues about the investigation into Karen Swift, the Dyersburg mother of four found murdered one year ago.
DYERSBURG, TN (abc24.com) - Rumors and speculation continue to swirl in Dyer County, with each passing day yielding few clues about the investigation into Karen Swift, the Dyersburg mother of four found murdered one year ago.

"It is kind of scary, it really is," said Jessica Guvan.

Swift, 44, was reported missing on October 30, 2011, after returning home from a Halloween party. Her SUV was found abandoned with a flat tire shortly after. Then, on December 10, 2011, Swift's body was found near a Dyer County cemetery.

"I hate it for the family and the community, but I have always been told or understood they had someone possibly, a suspect, but who is it? Let's get it done," said Rodney Walker, a Dyer County resident.

This past September, Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box said investigators had a "person of interest" as they continued to sift through evidence.

"I spoke with the sheriff back in September, and felt like something was fixing to pop," Walker said.

As days turned into weeks, then months, the investigation remained ongoing.

"Naturally, everybody is wanting this solved and something has got to be done, when, and where? Let's do it," Walker added.

Sheriff Box said investigators are sifting through evidence recently returned by the state crime lab. He classified the investigation as being in the final stages.

"I've heard a lot of different rumors, but I just hope and pray to God these kids get some answers. I said, 'It is just not fair,'" said Mickie Rowell, a Dyersburg resident.

On Monday, there was speculation an arrest may be imminent as a grand jury met to consider indictments. Sheriff Box said investigators would most likely convene a secret grand jury to protect investigators as they went to serve an eventual murder warrant.

Residents just hope answers come soon.

"It is sad, it is time. These kids need an answer. They really do," Rowell said.

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