Questions Swirling After Missing Trucker Found Dead and Load Stolen
Houston, TX – A trucker who went missing last Tuesday was discovered dead inside the cab of his semi-truck on Saturday and his load was nowhere to be found.
Houston police say the body of a 48-year-old truck driver who was “in an advanced state of decomposition” was found inside the cab of his semi-truck which was parked along the side of the road.
Authorities made the discovery on Saturday, August 3 at approximately 12:55 p.m. in the area of 175 McCarty Road.
Investigators say the driver departed a shipper in Laredo, TX on Monday, July 29.
He was scheduled to deliver a load of frozen meat to a location in Houston the next day, but never arrived.
Officials say the owners of the truck notified authorities the driver was missing and police then tracked the truck to the McCarty Road location.
Police did not say precisely when the owners reported the driver missing.
However, upon arriving to the scene investigators say they quickly noticed “the semi-truck had been burglarized and the contents from the trailer were missing.”
The identity of the victim has yet to be released.
Further, investigators say they are awaiting autopsy results from the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences to determine the cause of death.
Additional details about the investigation are sparse.
The area the driver was discovered is near a Tyson Foods warehouse, though police have not yet confirmed if the driver was delivering to that specific location.
Authorities are investigating the case as a homicide and are asking for the public’s help.
Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Houston Police Department Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor new developments in the ongoing investigation.