- October 11, 2011 – Karen Swift filed for divorce (but still lived with her husband).
- October 30, 2011 (Sunday) – Karen Swift picked up her daughter from a Halloween party at about 1:30 AM.
- Swift laid down and went to sleep with her daughter (when her daughter woke up at 6a she noticed that her mother was gone).
- Swift’s 2004 Nissan Murano was found at around 5:30 AM the same day that she went missing, by a neighbor who noticed it broken down on the side of the road with a flat tire.
- December 10, 2011 – Swift’s body was found a few miles from her home, at a rural cemetery at Harness and Burnt Hill Roads in Millsfield, TN.
- Autopsy shows cause of death as blunt force head injury.