Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box says they recovered an unidentified body in tall weeds near Bledsoe Cemetery, off Harness Road in Dyersburg early Saturday afternoon.
The body has been confirmed to be that of missing mom, Karen Swift.
"Frost and winter conditions killed the vegetation, making the body visible within a few feet," said Box.
Harness Road is off Highway 78.
Crime scene tape was still draped around the weeded area on Sunday, marking the spot where the body was recovered.
Before the vegetation was eliminated, Box said, "no one could've seen the body from where it was at."
The body was found less than five miles from Karen Swift's Dyersburg home. The 44-year-old mother of four was last seen by her husband at her home on Oct. 30.
"We plan to rely on dental records to help identify the body," said Box.
He wouldn't comment on the identity, including gender, before analyzing autopsy results. They expect autopsy results on Monday.
Word of the unidentified body found in Dyersburg, traveled fast, in the small city, seated in West Tennessee.
"It's terrible, it really, really is," said Carolyn Perry, Dyer Co. resident.
While police haven't identified the body, residents can't help but speculate.
"We don't know who it is, so we assume who it is, but we're not supposed to assume," said Bobby Rainey, Dyer Co. resident.
"... Wondering if that is the person," said Perry. "We don't know of any other body that's missing and it being so close to where it happened, I don't know."
"Maybe it's her," Esther Moore, Dyer Co. resident.
TBI investigators returned to the scene on Sunday, shortly afterwards, deputies set up road blocks around Harness Road.
As investigators continue to comb for more evidence, those in this tight-knit community will lean on faith to get them through.
"We pray to God that's not who it is, but the family now gets to rest maybe, be a little at ease," said Rainey.
The Sheriff's department has yet to confirm that the body is Swift's, but according to a post on Facebook, Swift's mother has been told that the remains are hers.
A TBI Spokesperson referred questions to the Dyer County Sheriff's Department, citing the Sheriff's Dept. as the lead on the case.
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