Imperial victim identified, three arrested, investigation continues

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

IMPERIAL, Neb. A judge set bond at $1 million each for two people arrested Saturday in the investigation of the disappearance and death of 22-year-old Annika Swanson of Imperial, whose father told law enforcement Thursday, Nov. 21, that he hadn't seen her for about a week.

The Nebraska Attorney General's Office reported Monday that Kevin Scot German, 24 years old, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Keonna Nilsa Carter, 22, of Taylorsville, Utah, were arrested in Colorado Springs and charged with two counts each of kidnapping, false imprisonment, terroristic threats, assault and use of a firearm to commit a felony, as well as possible additional charges. Bond for each of the suspects is $1 million/10%. They are being held in Fort Collins pending extradition to Chase County.

A third person, Russell Mann, 43, of Enders, is charged with two counts of being an accessory to kidnapping. His bond is set at $250,000/10%, and he is held in the Chase County jail in Imperial.

A missing person investigation for Swanson started Thursday after her father's call to the sheriff's office. Swanson's remains were found Sunday afternoon.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, at about 1:30 p.m., Swanson's father contacted the Chase County sheriff's office with concerns that he had not seen nor heard from his daughter for about a week. Officials started a missing person investigation and interviewed multiple people who might have information about Swanson's whereabouts.

Officers determined that one of those interviewed, a 20-year-old female, was the alleged victim of an assault and kidnapping, and Mann was arrested and charged with two counts of being an accessory to kidnapping.

According to law enforcement officials' ensuing investigation, German and Carter allegedly held Swanson and the second woman at Mann's Enders residence on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 13 and 14. The two forcibly took Swanson from the residence on Nov. 14, and did not return with her. The other woman was assaulted, but reported safe.

As the investigation continued, sheriff's officials believed that Swanson may have met with foul play, and an organized search of a rural area south of Imperial began on Thursday evening. It continued throughout Friday with sheriff's officers, Emergency Management personnel, Game and Parks wardens and a search-and-rescue team and tracking and cadaver dogs from Torrington, Wyo.

Throughout their investigation, officers developed two suspects and issued arrest warrants for the two possibly located in the Fort Collins area. They contacted police in Fort Collins and were assisted by that department's Crimes against Persons and Criminal Impact teams.

Following the arrests of German and Carter Saturday afternoon, a Chase County deputy traveled to Fort Collins to work with detectives there and develop additional leads.

On Sunday afternoon, Chase County deputies, Game and Parks officers and Chase County EM members found Swanson's remains, recovered with assistance from the Nebraska State Patrol. Evidence will be processed by Patrol forensic technicians and investigators.

The investigation continues, and autopsy reports are pending.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact the Chase County sheriff's office at (308) 882-4748, or the Nebraska State Patrol office at (308) 535-8047.

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