KLLM Driver Found Dead After 3 Days In Truck At New Orleans Truck Stop
Mystery At The Mardis Gras: KLLM Driver Found Dead After 3 Days At New Orleans Truck Stop
New Orleans, Louisiana – 25-year-old truck driver Karemeshia Thomas was found dead in her truck at the Mardi Gras Truck Stop in New Orleans last Wednesday, September 12th authorities say. According to store employees the last time Karemeshia was seen alive was on Sunday, September 9th when she came in to use the phone and watch a football game. After the truck stop received a call from presumably a KLLM dispatcher asking for them to do a welfare check on Thomas, the truck stop manager (who does not want to be identified) said she approached the truck and saw many flies. She knocked and received no answer. The employee then alerted officials something could be amiss. Firefighters and police broke out a window and and found Thomas unresponsive in her sleeper.
Thomas’ mother, Joyce Thomas, from Clarksdale, Mississippi spoke to CBS WREG on Monday. She told the news outlet, “I just want to know what happened to my baby. How could you let someone sit on your parking lot for three days and you noticed they haven’t come and paid,” Thomas said. It’s a good question as the Mardi Gras Truck Stop offers paid daily truck parking. Ms. Thomas says she was told her daughter was “covered in blood” when they found her and that authorities have yet to let her see her daughter’s body. “They told me they had to chemically embalm her and rap her up in a pouch,” Thomas said.
Investigators are still trying to determine what happened in this case. According to Thomas’ mother, Karemeshia called her sister on Sunday, September 9th from the phone in the truck stop and told her she had been “pick-pocketed.” She told her she “went out” and a Lyft or Uber driver brought her back. That was the last they heard from her.
The Orleans Parish Coroner’s office says Thomas’ cause and manner of death remains under investigation. Thomas’ mother says she believes it is a case of foul play. “I really, really think that someone did something to her. *I don’t know if she had been poisoned. I don’t really know,” Thomas said.
Karemeshia Thomas had been driving for KLLM about a year according to Joyce Thomas.
We will continue to follow this story as more information becomes available. Video is shared courtesy of WWLTV.com.
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