West Chico murder suspect in custody

Mar 18, 2015 9:19 PM

Christopher Swihart Sr. of Chico is in custody in connection with the murder of a 55-year-old woman who was found dead in West Chico Monday morning.

Following an arrest warrant that was issued Wednesday morning, Swihart contacted a Butte County attorney and surrendered to authorities without incident Wednesday afternoon.

Just before 8:30 Monday morning a man found a dead woman in a work trailer outside his home off Rose Avenue in West Chico. The trailer was registered to Swihart. The victim, who has not been identified, was last seen on security footage getting into the suspects vehicle.

Detectives are still trying to locate Swihart's truck which has been described as a 1989 primer grey Chevy pick-up with a white or chrome tool box in the truck bed. The truck has a California license plate that reads 8E28926.

If you find the vehicle you are urged to call the Sheriffs office. As we learn more about this investigation and who the victim is we will bring it to you.


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