Trucker Found Dead In Snowy Michigan Field More Than A Week After He Went Missing
Mundy Township, Michigan – The body of a truck driver who was missing for more than a week was found Thursday according to Metro Police Authority (MPA) of Genesee County.
Authorities said 41-year-old truck driver, Patrick P. Weinheimer of Swartz Creek, Michigan, went missing on February 13th. He was last seen leaving the Speedway gas station off Highway 23 in Mundy Township, Michigan, around 12:30 a.m.
Weinheimer’s truck was discovered across the street from the Speedway at a Shell station shortly after he was reported missing. Investigators found Weinheimer’s cell phone and wallet along with the key to his home inside the vehicle. The key to his truck was also left in the ignition, authorities said.
For more than a week MPA conducted an extensive search and investigation deploying the use of ground officers, several K-9 units, a Michigan State Police helicopter, and mounted officers. MPA reported Mr. Weinheimer’s body was found deceased on Thursday, February 21, at approximately 2:00 p.m. in a secluded field adjacent to where he’d last been seen.
MPA Detective Mike Neering said officers searched on Thursday for approximately three hours on horseback before the discovery was made. “You can’t get through a lot of the area,” he explained. A local resident was kind enough to offer horses to the officers in an effort to aid in the search.
Weinheimer owned a trucking business, Legacy Auto Transport. According to a post on his Facebook timeline the company was formed on March 14, 2018.
His family was shocked and devastated by the news. Rachel Weinheimer, Patrick’s sister-in-law, told WNEM he was suffering from depression but she has serious doubts this was a case of suicide. “This is an absolute nightmare,” she said. “This is so not like Patrick at all. He’s not the kind that would just walk away from everything.”
Rachel said Patrick never made his scheduled delivery on the night he went missing and suspects there has to be more to the story. “Something happened. I hate to say it, but maybe something even malicious happened,” she told the local news outlet. “There’s just no way he would let his family and friends just not know where he was.”
However, MPA said they do not suspect foul play was involved. Weinheimer’s cause of death is still unknown pending the results of an autopsy.