Unsolved homicide: Investigators believes Osage Creek victim was killed in Missouri

Thursday, January 9, 2020

By Scott Loftis


Investigators believe a man whose body was found on Christmas Day 2018 in Osage Creek in southern Carroll County was actually killed in Missouri, Carroll County Sheriff Jim Ross and chief deputy Maj. Jerry Williams said Monday.

Williams identified the man as Raymond Charles Swarer, 39. He said Swarer had relatives in both northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri.

A press release issued by the sheriff’s office after Swarer’s body was discovered said he suffered multiple small-caliber gunshot wounds to the head.

“We’ve worked in cooperation with multiple agencies in Missouri,” Williams said. “Both those agencies and we believe the crime actually occurred up there.”

Asked why investigators believe Swarer was killed in Missouri, Williams said: “How long it had been, the nature of the crime, the circumstantial evidence all leads us to believe that it happened up there.”

Williams said authorities are still actively investigating the case.

“We have good leads that have, again, taken us to Missouri,” he said. “(Missouri authorities) don’t have enough evidence to bring charges.”

Swarer had a lengthy criminal history in Missouri. Court records indicate he pleaded guilty to second-degree child molestation in December 2009 and was sentenced to two years’ probation. He pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex offender in August 2014 and was sentenced to two years in prison, but the case file indicates that judgment was set aside in January 2015. It’s unclear whether Swarer actually served time in prison on that charge; officials with the Missouri Department of Corrections did not return a telephone message on Monday.

The Crane Chronicle in Stone County, Mo., reported on Nov. 15, 2018, that Swarer had been arrested on Oct. 25 in Reeds Spring and jailed on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. A call to the records custodian at the Stone County Jail was not returned as of Monday afternoon.

No obituary information for Swarer could be found online Monday.

In reference to three other unsolved homicides in the county, Williams said the Arkansas State Police are continuing to investigate the murder of 37-year-old Christopher Alvard. Sheriff’s deputies discovered Alvard’s body when they responded to check on an open door at a residence on County Road 116 near Berryville in February 2018. Meanwhile, Williams said the sheriff’s office is still looking into the double murder of Rebecca Ann Sisk, 19, and Jason Lee Johnson, 25, who were shot to death in a rental home in Oak Grove in July 2011.

“We have a couple of new leads that took us down a new road,” Williams said in reference to the Oak Grove slayings. “It ultimately has not brought us any closer to solving the case.”

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