Tennessee Truck Stop Killer’s Motive Remains a Mystery as Disturbing New Reports Emerge

Knoxville, TN – The investigation into the horrific killings of three Tennessee women at a Knoxville truck stop earlier this week continues as disturbing new reports about evidence found at the crime scene emerge.

Truck driver Idris Abdus-Salaam, 33, of Durham, NC, has been identified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) as the man who killed three female employees early Tuesday morning at the Pilot Travel Center along Strawberry Plains Pike just off of Interstate 40.

TBI has been publicly quiet on its investigation since Tuesday as family and friends of the victims have taken to social media to pay tribute to each of them.


Filling the vacuum left by TBI’s silence on the case has been a steady stream of unconfirmed rumors and speculation about what exactly led to the deadly attack.

Transportation Nation Network (TNN) has been in regular contact with TBI over the last 48 hours and can report authorities do not suspect the incident was part of a larger plot.

“I can tell you that, at this time, we have no reason to believe the lives of other truckers are in danger as a result of this incident,” Leslie Earhart, spokesperson for TBI, told TNN.

However, Earhart refused to comment further on a possible motive.

“This is a very active and ongoing investigation. We are limited to the details that we can provide.”


A disturbing new report by a Tennessee local news outlet, WBIR, indicates investigators found a notebook containing “graphic writing” inside Abdus-Salaam’s truck.

Video from the scene shows TBI agents gathered around a Swift tractor-trailer believed to be Abdus-Salaam’s truck.

Earhart would not confirm or deny the validity of WBIR’s report.


TNN reached out to a high-ranking Swift executive on Thursday for comment.

So far, we have yet to receive a response, but will update this article if/when we do.


TNN reported on Tuesday that Abdus-Salaam was previously arrested in Raleigh, NC, on April 13, 2018.

According to court records, he was arrested near the Wade Avenue/I-440 interchange after attempting to abscond from law enforcement.


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Abdus-Salaam was charged with felony eluding arrest with a motor vehicle.

A new report from CBS 17 indicates Salaam also pleaded guilty to a charge in Orange County for resisting a public officer in 2010.

Additionally, CBS 17 reported Salaam worked as a correctional officer in Raleigh for the Department of Public Safety from August 2014 to May 2019.


It is unclear what led to his departure from that job.

As questions about the awful incident continue to swirl, many in the trucking community continue to mourn the loss of three souls taken from their loved ones far too soon.

Stay logged on to TransportationNation.com for the latest developments in this tragic story.

Read more about the victim’s and the tributes to them HERE.
Photos courtesy Raleigh/Wake CCBI and WBIR



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