UPDATED PRESS RELEASE:
On March 18, 2015 at approximately 4:30 pm, Butte County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested Christopher Swihart at a local Chico attorney’s office without incident. The 1989 Chevy truck is still outstanding.
Original Press Release:
Chico, CA- On March 16, 2015, at approximately 8:20 am, the resident at 211 Rose Avenue called to report that he was leaving for work when he located a deceased woman in his employer’s dump trailer. Deputies responded and confirmed that the woman was deceased. Detectives responded to the scene to begin an investigation. The woman’s death has been deemed a homicide. An autopsy has been scheduled for later this week.
The victim is a Caucasian female, age 55, from Chico, CA. Her identity is being withheld at this time pending family notification. An arrest warrant has been issued charging the suspect, Christopher Warren Swihart, Sr. (age 49) with murder. IF YOU SEE HIM, CALL 911 - DO NOT APPROACH. Swihart is described as a Caucasian male, 5’5” tall, 180 pounds, brown hair, and blue eyes. Swihart may still be in Butte County. It is believed that the victim and Swihart did know each other.
Detectives are trying to locate Swihart’s truck, a 1989 primer grey Chevy pick-up truck with a white or chrome tool box in the truck bed, California license plate 8E28926.
Attached is a photograph of
the Christopher Swihart, a surveillance video of Christopher Swihart’s 1989 Chevy truck, as well as a still image of the same truck.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Ryan Gsell at 530-538-7671.
For More Information, Please Contact
BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox