K-9 crew from MO joins search for missing TN mom

Karen Johnson Swift (Source: Dyer County Sheriff Dept.)
Karen Johnson Swift (Source: Dyer County Sheriff Dept.)


One week after her disappearance, authorities from multiple states continue to comb Dyer County for Karen Swift.

Sheriff Jeff Box says they are treating every search area as a potential crime scene.

That's because they are not ruling out foul play. However at this point, this is still a missing person's case.

Sheriff Box says they've found a number of items they consider potential evidence. Those are being processed at crime labs around the state.

"All of the potential evidence is important to analyze and get to the bottom of her disappearance," said Sheriff Box. "We're waiting on more information on a number of things."

Sheriff Box would not elaborate on the nature of the items discovered.

Sunday, Scott County K9 Search and Rescue joined the effort. The team is an experienced group and has worked on numerous searches, including missing mother Jacque Waller.

"We just want to bring these families closure," said Marshia Morton of the K9 team.

"Every time we clear an area, that's another step closer to finding the answers these families need," said Claire Stadt.

Sheriff Jeff Box says they've discovered potential evidence every day since Swift went missing. He says they will continue to bring in a variety of teams this week as they continue to search for Swift.

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DYER COUNTY, TN (KAIT) - The Dyer County Sheriff's Department is continuing to search for a missing mother from Dyer County, TN.

According to the sheriff's department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist the Dyer County Sheriff's Department in the search for 44-year-old Karen Johnson Swift.

Deputies used a bloodhound team from Fort Pillow in the area where the car was found, with no significant results. The TBI transported her car to their forensic processing crime lab in Nashville for further testing.

Sheriff Deputies say they've searched areas of interest with the TBI helicopter and a heat sensing camera early Tuesday morning. So far no signs of Swift have been found.

Swift was a 1985 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. A candlelight vigil will be held tonight at 7:30 at the football field.  Graduates, teachers, friends and family are encouraged to attend.

Swift was last seen at her home in Dyersburg on Willie Johnson Rd. around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. Police say her car, a white 2004 Nissan Murano, was found a few hours later on Millsfield Highway near Harness Rd. with a flat tire in Northern Dyer County.

Swift is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs 138 pounds and has blonde hair and green eyes.

Investigators say she's in the process of getting divorced. Her husband and close friends have already been interviewed. Foul play is not suspected at this time.

If you have had contact Karen Swift, recall seeing anyone near her vehicle since her disappearance or have information regarding her whereabouts please contact the Dyer County Sheriff's Office at 731-285-2802.

According to Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box, the Dyer County Sheriff's Office, a reward maybe paid for any information that may assist in this investigation.

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