Kelvin Swingler found dead in Washington County

6:51 PM, Oct 10, 2012   |    comments
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Kelvin Swingler

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - Authorities in Washington County have confirmed a body found along Interstate 64 is a 29-year-old St. Louis man first reported missing in late August.

According to Washington County Sheriff Charles Parker, Kelvin Swingler was reported missing on August 25 by his mother. The county coroner said Swingler was the apparent victim of a homicide and his body was dumped along I-64. His body was discovered on September 23, but the sheriff's department did not release Swingler's identity until recently.

Kelvin Swingler was last seen on August 25 between 12:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. in the area of Margaretta and Cora avenues in north St. Louis City, according to Schron Jackson, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Kelvin left his job for the night (a restaurant in Clayton) at around 10 p.m. He received a ride from an ex-girlfriend to his mother's address in the 4600 block of Ashland.

A short time later, Swingler and the ex-girlfriend went to the Riverfront and hung out around that location for about an hour or so. Between 12:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m., Swingler's ex-girlfriend dropped him off near Margaretta and Cora avenues. He'd been living in the area since the beginning of June.

Kelvin's new girlfriend, who lives on Margaretta Avenue, said he never returned home. After failing to make contact with him the next morning, Kelvin's girlfriend contacted his mother to try and find him.

Kelvin's cell phone had been turned off since August 26. His employer said Kelvin missed several shifts since that time and had not been around to pick up his paycheck.

On Tuesday night another body was found along the same stretch of highway Kelvin's body was found.

Investigators are still trying to identify the latest victim found, and a cause of death has not been determined. 


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