Grieving family of missing Temple man prepares for funeral service

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Temple, Texas (KXAN) — Families and friends are grieving Wednesday after finding out the bodies of two missing people from Temple were likely found in Oklahoma on Tuesday.

“All we can say is that we’re grieving and we pray justice is done and we thank everyone for the prayers and support they’re giving,” Debbie Harrison told KXAN.  

On Tuesday, two bodies were found near Clearview, Oklahoma, that officials believe belong to Harrison’s 32-year-old son Michael Swearingin and his friend 28-year-old Jenna Scott. The two Temple residents went missing on Jan. 4 and a car linked to them was later found in Austin. 

Harrison said a funeral service can’t be planned until they get Swearingin’s body back. She said the family has tentative plans for his service Saturday afternoon at the First Baptist Church of Academy near Temple. Swearingin was baptized in and was a member of that church, Harrison said. 

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As of Wednesday morning, Temple police still have an open missing persons’ investigation looking into the disappearances of Scott and Swearingin. 

Preliminary investigations in Oklahoma led detectives to believe the bodies found Tuesday belong to Scott and Swearingin but the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office will be responsible for positively identifying the bodies after an autopsy. 

As a result, Temple police say they still can’t absolutely confirm the identities of the bodies found Tuesday. 

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“We have a lot of moving parts to this investigation,” said Shawana Neely, a public information officer with the Temple Police Department.

On Jan. 9, Temple police say they got information that led them to an area in Oklahoma.

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