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Arlington police release image of murder suspect

Arlington police release image of murder suspect

Arlington police are still combing the Dallas-Fort Worth area for leads on the murder of 83-year-old Leona Faye Swafford, who was carjacked and abducted before dying of head trauma on June 4.  

At about 8:30 am, Swafford was driving a silver Lincoln sedan into her driveway in the 400 block of Sussex Drive when an unknown black male approached her vehicle. Pewitt says a neighbor witnessed the confrontation, in which the woman tried to fight back. The witness attempted to intervene and called 911.

Swafford's body was found around 10 am in the 1900 block of Kimberly Drive on June 4. About an hour later, Arlington police located the stolen Lincoln outside an apartment complex in the 200 block of Elm Point. 

With the help of witnesses, police have released a composite sketch of the suspect. He is described as a 200-pound, 6-foot black male last seen wearing blue jeans and a light colored T-shirt. Police have also handed out fliers on the investigation in Spanish and English.

At June 5 press conference, Swafford's family members urged the public to come forward with information. They described Swafford as a loving mother and grandmother who lived in Arlington for years and felt safe in her community. 

"If he did it to my grandmother, he'll do it to yours," one of Swafford's grandsons said. 

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the Arlington police anonymous tip line at 817-575-8529 or Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS.

Police sketch of murder suspect
The suspect is described as a 6-foot, 200-pound black male. Photo courtesy of Arlington Police Department
Leona Faye Swafford
Leona Faye Swafford, 83, died June 4.  Photo courtesy of Arlington Police Department