Body of John Swanigan Found in Sebastian

Body found in vehicle in Sebastian.
Body found in vehicle in Sebastian.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s office is currently investigating the death of 60-year-old John Swanigan of Sebastian.

Swanigan’s family last saw him on Friday, January 8th, 2021. Today, 11-days from when he went missing, authorities recovered his body from the trunk of a vehicle located on Dickens Ave in Sebastian.

“We had a missing person’s case, John Swanigan, and unfortunately today we came to a sad ending on that case,” Indian River County Sheriff Eric Flowers told Sebastian Daily.

Flowers said there is one person in custody and will conduct a search warrant to continue with the investigation throughout the evening.


Authorities believe Swanigan’s death may be due to an overdose; however, it is too soon in the investigation to be sure.

Sebastian Daily will provide more details when available.

Signup for the free Sebastian Daily newsletter for your chance to win free dinners and merchandise!

Copyright 2021 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.