We noticed a body part from a distance and the closer I got, you could tell it was a body, said John Robinson, the man who found the body of the missing Dyersberg mother Karen Swift on Saturday.
Robinson, a preacher at Bogota Church of Christ, told the State Gazette he discovered what he thought was a body at Bledsoe Cemetery and immediately connected his sighting to the missing Swift.
Whenever somebody is missing, that is the first thing you think of, he told the State Gazette.
Robinson, with friend Mark Rickman, took a closer look from about 20 feet away to determine it was indeed a body and immediately called the sheriff's department.
Robinson said the body was laying in undergrowth and vegetation, not a grave, and was not sure whether or not it had any clothing.
There wasn't any shallow grave or none of that business, Robinson said.
Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box arrived on the scene where the body was discovered and determined
She had been there some time. The body had been concealed by vegetation, Box told ABC News. Frost and winter conditions killed the vegetation, making the body visible within a few feet.
Box said that he believes the body was placed in the spot, which was found within miles of her home and her car, a 2004 white Nissan Murano with a flat tire. However, the area the body was found was not initially searched.
In the exact area where the body was found, there were no organized grid searches, Box told the State Gazette. There had been numerous people in the area and none of those people saw the body. Because the kudzu was grown over, nobody could see her.
The Karen Swift case is being investigated as a murder because the body was apparently hidden and had injuries.
There were some apparent injuries to the body, Box told WBBJ. We're going to wait to let the medical examiner's final report tell us the extent of those injuries.
Box reported an autopsy due to come in as little as a week will provide more clues. He also said authorities have found evidence in the car, including both items and DNA samples, which will help the investigation.
The body was identified at the Regional Forensic Center in Memphis as Karen Swift using dental records at the Regional Forensic Center in Memphis.
At least they can quit looking for her and start looking for somebody, Robinson added.
Karen Swift, Dyersberg Mother of Four, Last Seen in October
Karen Swift was last seen returning home from a Halloween party around 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 30, according to the Dyer County Sheriff's Office. Swift's daughter found her mother missing shortly after around 6 a.m.
According to authorities, Swift filed for divorce from her husband David Swift on October 10, just 20 days before she went missing. The couple agreed on custody details for their four children and organized a child support payment outline. Court documents cited irreconcilable differences though there appears to have been no lingering issues, according to a report from CNN.
However, Box told WREG that Swift's husband has been cooperating, allowing DNA samples an an opportunity to interview one of the couple's four children.
At this time we haven't named any suspects and you won't see us name suspects until we're sure it's going to be beneficial to the investigation, Box said.
Swift's disappearance prompted a nationwide search, which included her brother's, Jeffrey Johnson, appearance on Nancy Grace on Nov. 21.
We're doing everything we can to be together right now, Preston Swift told HLN. My father and I have been doing everything we can to help (his two youngest siblings) deal with the situation.
Karen Swift leaves behind four children, two older children including Preston and 6-and-9-year-old girls.
It's very emotional for Mr. Swift and the family, Swift's family lawyer Timothy Naifeh said in a statement. 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.