Tye Van Swearingen, 25, had enlisted in the army in 1998. And in 2001, he married Stephanie Marie Shipley. Swearingen was scheduled to ship out to Iraq later this month. Neighbors say that since his previous tour in Iraq, he had changed.
Neighbors and police say they have responded to the couple’s home due to reports of disputes. Sunday, Swearingen contacted police and reported his wife, Stephanie Marie Swearingen, 23, had left their home on Saturday and had not returned home. Allegedly he told them that the two had argued, and that she had not returned home from a party. Reportedly on Mon. a neighbor had asked Swearingen how he was doing and he reportedly seemed concerned when he told her ‘Not good,’ ” ‘My wife left and it’s not like her. She hasn’t come back.’ ”
Allegedly Swearingen has since told police that he strangled his wife on Saturday night. He put her into a bathtub of water, and waited until after dark on Sun. then drove her body to a cemetary where he buried her remains in an already occupied grave. The remains have been recovered and sent for an autopsy.
Swearingen has been arrested and charged in the murder.
Reportedly the couple did have a child who is now with relatives.
More details are available on how the murder and recovery of Stephanie Swearingen came about.
Allegedly Swearingen’s mother was with a group of people on Oct. 14, when her phone rang. As she was talking on the phone, several thought she said something about murder.
When she hung up the phone, all she said was there was a family emergency, she had to drive to Texas to pick up her grandchild as her son was in trouble and couldn’t keep the child. The friend’s took up a collection to help her with expenses.
A few days later, word of the call got back to the police chief. Several people told the chief that Swearingen may have shot his wife. Problem was they were in Mo. not Texas. They didn’t know for sure if there was a murder or where in Texas they were located.
The police chief notified Mo. State Highway Patrol, and one of their divisions found that Swearingen was stationed at Fort Hood.
Investigators then questioned Swearingen again and he led them to his wife’s body.
One neighbor has alleged that when talking with Swearingen after he reported his wife missing, Swearingen told him he still planned on going to Iraq in 10 days.
And a big thank you goes to DC for the update on this one.