Swint was also a person of interest in the 2001 disappearance of Marilyn “Niqui” McCown of Richmond, Ind. Swint had denied involvement in McCown’s disappearance and was never charged.
Local lawmen working out of the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab developed DNA evidence in Ivery’s homicide that led to the indictment.
Greg Flannagan, spokesman for county Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr., said the detectives were able to find DNA to link Swint to Ivery’s death.
“For the past 18 years, this case has remained unsolved,” Heck said in a statement. “Now, through the advances in forensic science, we have identified the man who killed Ms. Ivery.”
Ivery had been beaten, strangled and dumped in a brush pile, according to authorities. Her body was wrapped in two semitransparent trash bags and then wrapped in a red, white and blue quilt in Jefferson Twp. She was last seen alive about 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Until the indictment, no one had been charged in Ivery’s death.
Swint served for less than two months with the Trotwood Police Department. He was forced to resign when it was revealed that he was a person of interest in McCown’s disappearance. Swint was working as a security guard at the time of his death.