Mysterious Circumstances Surround Discovery of Dead Man Atop Tractor-Trailer
Grand Junction, CO – Police in Colorado are investigating a bizarre incident that took place Thursday morning when a dead body was discovered on top of a big rig.
Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department (GJPD) responded to a call around 6:00 a.m. at the local United States Postal Service (USPS) building, located at 602 Burkey Street.
According to local media outlet KKCO, an employee at USPS noticed a person on top of the semi-trailer.
Investigators indicated the employee thought the person “might be asleep,” and called the police.
When authorities arrived to the scene, they located a deceased male on top of the truck’s trailer.
According to investigators, the tractor-trailer where the body was discovered had traveled from Kansas to Glenwood Springs, CO overnight.
The driver reportedly told officials he “heard a loud noise as he was passing under an overpass” along Interstate 70 in Wheat Ridge.
The driver, whose identity has not been released, dropped the trailer in Glenwood Springs.
Authorities say the trailer was then transferred to another truck, where it continued its approximately 90 mile journey to Grand Junction.
Wheat Ridge, where the driver reported hearing a loud noise, is a suburb of Denver and located about 240 miles East of Grand Junction.
An investigator on the scene described the situation as the “weirdest thing” he has seen in his 20 years in law enforcement.
According to GJPD, the Wheat Ridge Police Department (WRPD) has been tasked with the investigation into the circumstances of death.
The identity of the deceased man is behind withheld pending notification of next of kin, which is also being handled by WRPD.
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) reached out to GJPD for more information.
A representative informs the entire investigation is being handled by WRPD.
TNN is working to obtain more information.
The maroon Volvo photographed at the scene has markings for Beco Inc., whose main dispatch hub is located in Commerce City, CO, according to its website.
Beco employs approx. 380 drivers.
TNN will continue to keep you updated on this developing story.
Photo courtesy David Jones / KCCO