Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 39° Partly Cloudy
News >  Washington

Police arrest two in case of man who vanished 34 years ago

Associated Press

WENATCHEE – Authorities say a Sultan man and Leavenworth woman have been arrested in the death of a man who disappeared 34 years ago.

KCPQ-TV reported detectives on Friday arrested 60-year-old Bernard Swaim in connection with the disappearance of Cashmere resident Stephen E. Smith in 1982.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said Swaim has been charged with murder.

Detectives have also arrested a 57-year-old Leavenworth woman on the same charge but it wasn’t clear if she’s been charged.

The sheriff’s office said the woman and Smith were once married and had a child. After they divorced Smith was granted full custody and the woman was granted supervised visitation only.

She later married Swaim, the sheriff’s office said.

Smith and/or his remains have never been found.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.