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Authorities believe missing Temple couple found dead in Oklahoma

UPDATE (01/15/19)- Authorities believe that the bodies of the missing couple from Temple have been found in Oklahoma.

The two missing people, Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin, had been missing since January 4 and Swearingin’s vehicle was found in Austin on January 5.



The Temple Police Department said detectives learned of new information regarding the couple’s disappearance that led them to an area in Oklahoma.

Detectives were alerted by authorities in Oklahoma that the bodies of two people were located and recovered by the Oklahoma State Medical Examiners Office and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations.

After a preliminary investigation, TPD believes that the bodies found are Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin.


The Temple Police Department said, “The Oklahoma State Medical Examiners Office will be responsible for making the positive identifications at autopsy. The Scott and Swearingin families have been notified of this preliminary identification.”

There is currently an ongoing investigation and no additional information has been released.

UPDATE (01/09/19)- Michael Swearingin and Jenna Scott are still missing out of Temple after the gray Hyundai Genesis they were driving was found in Austin, as previously reported.

“A source close to the investigation said some of the home video surveillance equipment is missing, as is some of the video that might have been captured,” wrote KWTX.

Jenna’s father, Jonathan, said, “My daughter and Michael are both very responsible people. They would have let somebody know if they were doing something.”

Jenna Scott is a mother to a 9-year-old and her family has spoken out to say that she missed her daughter’s birthday party. Jonathan Scott added that Jenna had just moved into a home in Temple, according to KWTX.

Michael’s mother has stated that he has prior heart problems so Temple police are concerned for his health.

The families joined together to start a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $10,000 in hopes to pay for a private investigator.

It was also reported by KWTX that Scott began dating a man in August of 2015 and later filed a restraining order in July of 2018. She was said to have feared for her and her family’s safety. On September 17, 2018, the judge denied the protective order.

It is unknown at this time if the individual connected to the protective order has any involvement in the couple’s disappearance.

If you have information about where this couple might be or what happened to them, please call 254-298-5500.

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UPDATE: 01/07/2019: The Austin Police Department has reported that they have located Michael Swearingin and Jenna Scott’s car in Austin this weekend after the couple was last seen on January 4 at 3 a.m.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

TEMPLE, Texas (Texasbreaking.com)- The Temple Police Department is searching for two missing people identified as Michael Swearingin and Jenna Scott.

Michael Swearingin is described as a 32-year-old white male and Jenna Scott is said to be a 28-year-old white female.

Temple police said they were last seen together and last heard from on January 4, 2019, at 3 a.m. The couple was said to be driving a gray Hyundai Genesis.

“There is a concern for his health,” added TPD.

Contact the Temple Police Department immediately at 254-298-5500 if you have any information about these two individual’s whereabouts.

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