Missing Dania Beach Woman Found Dead on Foreclosure Property

The body of 56-year-old Mary Swinford on Friday was found at the home in the 2900 block of Southwest 46th Court, west of the missing woman's residence in the 2600 block of Southwest 45th Street, officials said.

By Juan Ortega
|  Saturday, Dec 29, 2012  |  Updated 10:17 AM EDT
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Missing Dania Beach Woman Found Dead at Vacant Home

Broward Sheriff's Office

Mary Swinford, 56, had last been seen at her Dania Beach home on Dec. 24, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

A woman who vanished from her Dania Beach home on Christmas Eve has been found dead at a vacant home a few blocks away in her neighborhood, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

The body of 56-year-old Mary Swinford on Friday was found at the home in the 2900 block of Southwest 46th Court, west of Swinford’s residence in the 2600 block of Southwest 45th Street, the agency said.

No obvious signs of foul play were found on the body, which was taken to the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

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The agency received a call at 2:23 p.m. Friday from a caller who was trying to take a look at the foreclosure property by walking around the perimeter of the home, the Sheriff’s Office said. The person saw the body in the back yard, the agency said.

Swinford had last been seen at her home on Christmas Eve, when she walked away while wearing a white sweatshirt and black stretch pants, the agency said.

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At the time of her disappearance, the woman was “despondent,” or in low spirits, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The death remains under investigation.

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