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Crime Stoppers | Woman remains hopeful father’s 1981 killer will be found

Crime Stoppers | Woman remains hopeful father’s 1981 killer will be found

He had a sun-baked face and sunglasses shielding his eyes.

Gordon “Butch” Swindells rode up on his motorcycle wearing a leather jacket and faded jeans. He walked down the driveway toward his 4-year-old daughter, Denise.

“Imagine to a little kid. What’s this coming at you? He seemed like a giant to me,” said 46-year-old Denise Swindells-Cloutier, who grew up with her mother.

Swindells tells her he is her father and scoops her up.

It’s one of the few memories she has of him.

At 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 23, 1981, Swindells was found dead at age 34 beside his apartment building in the 3100 block of Medina Avenue in North Linden. He was found lying face up on a walkway by a next-door neighbor. Some neighbors reported hearing a gunshot around 1 a.m.Almost 37 years later, there has been no arrest in his death. Central Ohio Crime Stoppers is offering a reward to anyone who has information leading to an arrest or indictment of the killer.Swindells-Cloutier never had the chance to get to know her father. She was 9 when he was killed. Her parents separated when she was 3.“I wanted to build that relationship,” she said. “He wasn’t perfect. Like every human being […]

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