Karen Swift's death is still fresh in the minds of Dyersburg residents and investigators are still actively searching for clues. As of now, the cause of Swift's death remains unknown; the Dyer County Sheriff's Department is still waiting for autopsy results from the Shelby County Medical Examiner's Office for the report.
The medical examiner's office in Memphis had not sent their findings and noted it may take awhile before they complete it, Terry McCreight, the Chief Investigator told the State Gazette on Monday.
The detailed process is time consuming and coroners were doing what they could to finish the report. They are working in a timely manner, he added.
On Saturday, Dec. 10, Swift's body was sent to the medical examiner's office, after it was discovered by a passerby near a cemetery, where it had lain concealed by vegetation for some time. In fact, investigators had to use dental records to confirm her identity.
There were some apparent injuries to the body, Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box told WBBJ. Box also said his department was pursuing Swift's case as a murder investigation due to the placement of Swift's body and apparent injuries to it.
The 44-year-old, mother of four was last seen on Oct. 30 by her husband at her home. Investigators discovered her body on Saturday, after the once-green vegetation thinned due to the cold weather.