Lebanon Reporter

Local News

February 24, 2009

Man found dead in semi-truck cab at local truck stop

Lebanon — Police today awaited test results in the investigation of a man found dead in a semi-truck Monday morning at the Flying J Truck Stop in Lebanon.

The victim’s identity was not immediately available, but police said he was from South Carolina.

He was found by truck stop workers about 8:36 a.m. in the sleeper of a truck owned by Superior Carriers, Oakbrook, Ill., Lebanon Police Lt. Brent Wheat said Monday afternoon.

“We are terming this a death investigation,” Wheat said.

“A weapon we found in the vehicle, along with the vehicle itself, is being processed by crime scene technicians,” Wheat said. “There are no indications of foul play at this point.”

Blankets were over the victim, he said.

Dispatchers at Superior Carrier had tried since Friday to contact the driver, Wheat said. A GPS device verified the truck was at the Flying J, he said. The company asked the truck stop to have someone contact the man; when no one responded, Wheat said, the workers entered the truck and found the body.

Det. Capt. Maurice Hobson is leading the investigation, Wheat said.

Coroner Jerry Harris said the man’s identity had not been verified. An autopsy was performed at Witham Memorial Hospital.

Officers were sifting through paperwork found in the cab, hoping to verify the man’s identity, Harris said.

It was the second time in less than six months that a driver had been found dead in his rig.

On Aug. 25, a trucker was found dead by workers at Jerry’s Feed & Salt, 850 S. Indianapolis Ave., Lebanon. The victim appeared to have died of a drug overdose, police said.

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