KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

SF Family Remembers Murdered Son



Bookmark and Share

The father of a Sioux Falls boy who has been missing since Mid-May said that the body found Wednesday in Montana is his son, 18-year-old John Swain. However, authorities have not publicly confirmed the identity of the body.

Officials with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department were serving a search warrant at a home in Poplar, MT., Wednesday when they discovered the body. Swain had recently moved from Sioux Falls to Bismarck to find work.

Authorities said they believe he was killed by 25-year-old Theo Crowe who’s in custody in Williston on unrelated charges. Poplar, MT., is Crowe’s hometown.      

Thursday night John’s family remembered his life.  
   
“Smiling, enthusiastic, work hard, play hard, sleep hard young man,” said David Swain, John’s father.

A kitchen table full of pictures are just some memories that have captured the short life lived by 18-year-old John Swain.

“We knew that John was missing on the May 11. And since then, we've had emptiness,” said David. “It's a big mystery because you don't know where he's at.”
 
John was adopted from Hong Kong when he 3-years-old, and his dad said ever since then he has filled their home and hearts with love, laughter and joy. David said he knew something was wrong when John didn't answer his phone. He said like a typical teenager, he always had it in hand.

“We wouldn't want to eat, because most things we eat around here are the things he likes,” said David.

David said John moved to Bismarck right before he disappeared. Before he moved to Bismarck, John moved out of the family's home to live with a friend in Sioux Falls. But John always came home for Sunday night dinner. And David recalls like it was just yesterday, the last time he said goodbye to his son.

“The last time I saw him, he had been here for dinner,” said David. “He walked down to his room to pick up some stuff. He stopped in the hallway there and I said ' John, you don't have to leave, this your home.' And he said, 'I know.' I said, ‘Well I want you to know before you leave that I love you.' He said, 'I know dad.' And then he gave me a little kiss on the check.”

And it’s a goodbye he said he never thought would be his last. But David and his wife Pat said they know they can't change anything. And all in all it gives them peace to know their son is in a better place.

David also said John’s greatest loves in life were skiing and soccer. John was a ski instructor at Great Bear and loved teaching special education kids how to ski.
 
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

Al Neuharth Award For Excellence Winner Named

Former USA Today editor Peter Prichard has been selected to receive the Al Neuharth Award ...

Aberdeen May Control Airport Pump During Flooding

The Federal Aviation Administration would allow Aberdeen officials to ...

MNsure Trying To Fix 'Life Event' Changes Backlog

Minnesota's new health insurance exchange is struggling with a backlog ...

Two Men Attempt To Rob SF Cab Driver  Sep. 2

Man Faces Drug Charges After Pursuit, Crash  Sep. 2

Pulse Plant Near Harrold To Employ 14 Initially  Sep. 2

Wagon Train To Start Its Trek To Pierre For 125th  Sep. 2

Tribal Leaders In Dakotas Gathering For Summit  Sep. 2

Legislators Discuss Wine-Shipping Laws  Sep. 2

Defunct Airport Terminal To Be Torn Down In 2015  Sep. 2

Corn Maze Offers Families Weekend Fun This Fall  story with video  Sep. 2

Man Uninjured In Iowa Plane Crash  Sep. 2

Augie Works To Be A Good Neighbor   story with video  Sep. 1

Wild Water West's Season Ends With A Splash   Sep. 1

Labor Day Celebration Parade Attracts Many  story with video  Sep. 1

Olive Garden Takes Restaurant To Police Station For Labor Day  Sep. 1

Retailer Encouraged By Pheasant Numbers  story with video  Sep. 1

Proposed Wind Farm Nears First Goal  Sep. 1

Fallen Kite Leads To Missouri River Search  Sep. 1

Pierre Planning For SD Gov's Inauguration  Sep. 1

KDLT News Archive
     

Retailer Encouraged By Pheasant Numbers  story with video

Last week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks ...

Fallen Kite Leads To Missouri River Search

Authorities say a report of an object that fell from the sky ...

Labor Day Celebration Parade Attracts Many  story with video

Hundreds of people set up camp Monday morning on the streets ...

Police Searching For Motel Shooting Suspect  Sep. 1

Workers Spraying Missouri River Sandbars   Sep. 1

Wild Water West's Season Ends With A Splash   Sep. 1

Move-In Day At The University Of Sioux Falls  Sep. 1

Augie Works To Be A Good Neighbor   story with video  Sep. 1

KDLT News Archive
     

Quarterback Conundrum At SDSU, USD  story with video

Quarterback is the most important position on the football ...

Valencia Sparked Canaries In 2014  story with video

Off the field, Sioux Falls Canaries outfielder Chris Valencia works as an ...

Canaries Shutout To End Dismal Season  story with video

FARGO, ND - Unable to figure out Jake Laber of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (43-56), the ...

Ruwe Ruins RedHawks  story with video  Aug. 31

Oregon Coach Praises USD & Hurt Quarterback  story with video  Aug. 31

Gridiron Greatness: August 31st, 2014  story with video  Aug. 31

Lujan Takes Jacks Reigns After Sumner Injury  story with video  Aug. 31

Kevin Earl Hurt In Coyotes Loss At Oregon  story with video  Aug. 31

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top