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Associated Press, Published July 09 2013

Autopsy confirms body found in Montana is ND homicide victim

BISMARCK — An autopsy has confirmed that a body found in Montana is that of a South Dakota teenager missing from North Dakota.

The body found June 26 at a home in Poplar, Mont., is that of 18-year-old John Swain, Bismarck Police Lt. Gary Malo told The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/1ddDKXf ).

Swain, who had recently moved from Sioux Falls, S.D., to Bismarck, to find work, was reported missing in mid-May. Authorities believe two men lured him to a home, hit him with a hammer and dismembered his legs, then cleaned up the crime scene and hid the body.

Swain's body was found at a home owned by the grandmother of one of the suspects, Theo Crowe, 25, police said. Crowe, of Trenton, and Joshua Clark, 20, of Stanley, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Clark, who is jailed in Bismarck in lieu of $1 million cash bond, has applied for a public defender but has not yet been appointed one, according to court documents. Crowe is jailed in Williston on unrelated charges and does not have an attorney listed in the Bismarck case.

The investigation into Swain's disappearance became a homicide investigation June 20 after a Bismarck woman who had let Crowe stay in her home while she was out of state found the burned remnants of clothing, a knife and pieces of a cellphone in a trash can in the back of a shed. Investigators determined the clothing matched what Swain was wearing when he was last seen. The woman also reported finding blood in her home.

Police have not discussed a possible motive in the slaying. Swain's father, David Swain, of Sioux Falls, has said he thinks his son went to a party before he disappeared, and that police have told him his son's death appears to be a random killing.