Crime Stoppers offers reward in missing Tenn. woman case

Karen Swift
Karen Swift

DYER COUNTY, TN (KFVS) - Dyer County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information that would lead to an arrest and conviction in the Karen Swift disappearance case.

According to Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box, recent searches for Swift was composed of investigators examining evidence and lab results and search personnel from the Dyer County Sheriff's Dept, the Dyer County Fire Dept., area rescue squads and some volunteers from the community.

Several locations in the county were searched, including the Obion River and the Whites Lake Area, according to Box.

The Obion River at Hwy. 78 is about 5 miles from the location Swift's car was found at. According to Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box, this proximity would make it a convenient place to discard or conceal evidence. Sheriff Box stated that is one reason they determined it to be an area of interest that needed to be searched, just as local lakes and wooded areas near Swift's car and her home.

Sheriff Box says that cell phone records show the last known activity from Swift's cell phone was at 5 a.m. on Oct. 30, 2011.

That activity from her phone was reported to have been an automatic internet access by the phone itself and not by a person, Box said. The access was only detected by one cell phone tower, which made it impossible for the cellular providers to provide law enforcement with a precise location that can be triangulated when a phone has access on multiple towers.

Box says cellular providers did give approximate coordinates and the distance of Swift's phone from the cell tower. The coordinates given and the actual distance to the cell tower are not the same. It indicates to investigators that the information provided to them could be inaccurate. This caused investigators to request more detailed technical data from cellular providers and technicians.

Sheriff Box advised that investigators questioned the data that was provided, but they have thoroughly searched the locations and added other areas of interest into their search. These areas are within the range limits of the reporting sector antenna and of equal distance from the cellular tower as the distance reported during the 5 a.m. activity from Swift's phone.

Other locations in Dyer County, which are of equal distance of the phone activity to the cell phone tower have been listed as areas of interest. and searched during the investigation are:

-The location where Karen Swift's car was found on Millsfield Highway

-Karen Swift's home on Willie Johnson Road

-The Obion River on Highway 78

-The Whites Lake area in western Dyer County.

According to the Dyer County Sheriff's Office, authorities have currently recovered several items of potential evidence.

Karen Swift has not been seen since Oct. 30, 2011.

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