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From left, Kevin German, Keonna Carter and Russell Mann.

Two charged with first degree murder in Chase County woman’s death

It began with a report of a missing Imperial woman last week and escalated from there.
    After finding the body of Annika Swanson, 22, on Sunday, first degree murder charges have been filed against two adults, one of whom is a former Imperial resident and Chase County Schools graduate.
    Chase County Sheriff Kevin Mueller said first degree murder charges were added Monday afternoon to a host of other charges against 24-year-old Kevin Scot German, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 22-year-old Keonna Nilsa Carter, of Taylorsville, Utah.
    German is a former Imperial resident, graduating from CCS in 2014.
    The pair is also charged with use of a firearm to commit a felony, kidnapping, first-degree false imprisonment, terroristic threats and third-degree assault.
    Both are being held in Fort Collins on $1 million, 10% bonds pending extradition to Chase County.  
    Mueller said Swanson’s remains were found in a pasture about five miles south of Imperial Sunday night with assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol and other agencies. Mueller said the evidence was processed by NSP forensic technicians and investigators.
    An autopsy was completed to determine cause of death. No results have been released.
Recap of incidents
Here is the report issued by the Chase County Sheriff’s Office, along with information taken from the formal complaints, on events leading up to the arrests:
About 1::30 p.m. last Thursday, the Chase County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by an Imperial resident saying he hadn’t heard from his 22-year-old daughter for approximately a week and was concerned for her safety.

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