40-Year Trucker and His Dog Found Deceased Inside Big Rig at California Truck Stop
Barstow, CA – On Monday, a 62-year-old trucker and his dog were discovered dead inside his semi-truck parked at a California truck stop.
According to Captain Andy Espinoza of the Barstow Police Department (BPD), officers were dispatched to the Love’s Travel Stop located at 2974 Lenwood Road on Monday to conduct a welfare check on truck driver Gary Bybee of Sunset, UT.
A representative of Springville, UT-based Landmark Trucking confirmed to Transportation Nation Network (TNN) the company had been attempting to contact Bybee, but had not heard from him for multiple days.
Upon arrival, BPD officers discovered Bybee deceased inside the hot semi-truck.
Coroners from Barstow told TNN he was located in the sleeper of his Mack truck.
Bybee’s daughter, Trina, spoke with TNN on Monday afternoon and said her father had been proud trucker for over 40 years.
Bybee’s son, Dustin, also spoke with TNN.
“He’s sorely missed and the heavy-hearted son says goodbye,” Dustin said sadly, as he spoke of the close relationship he had with his father.
Bybee’s faithful sidekick, a Shih Tzu named Al, was also found deceased, likely from heat exhaustion, authorities indicated.
Foul play is not suspected, but an autopsy is being performed.
Bybee leaves behind two loving daughters and a son.
This is the third trucker found dead in his truck in just the last 10 days.
On Sunday, July 5, a truck driver was found inside his semi-truck parked behind a Brooklawn, NJ diner.
The owner of the diner told authorities the truck had been idling there all weekend long before the discovery was made.
Then, over the weekend, a male trucker was discovered deceased inside his rig parked near a gas station in Hesperia, CA.
Investigators with the Hesperia Police Department (HPD) have not yet released the trucker’s identity.
It is also unclear how long the tractor-trailer had been parked there.
However, according to the report, foul play is not suspected.