Chesterton Tribune



Body found at truck stop

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Porter Police said the body of a missing truck driver was located Saturday inside the cab of a semi tractor trailer at Travel Centers of America South, 1441 W. U.S. 20.

According to police, at 10:02 a.m. a truck driver at the truck stop advised police that he believed he located a semi that was reported missing on the Missing Driver Alert Networks Facebook page. Police said the driver showed pictures that matched the tractor trailer and the numbers and advised he saw the trailer parked at the truck stop earlier on Friday at 10:30 a.m.

The trailer was parked on the access road that leads out to Worthington Drive, facing west, Police said.

Police said there was no response when they knocked on the door of the trailer. Police said they opened the hood of the truck and could see someone lying in the back of the cab.

Porter Fire arrived on scene and advised they could see someone lying down in the rear of the trucks cab. Porter Police requested an Indiana State Police Motor Carrier Unit for assistance in getting into the tractor.

An ISP officer was unable to gain access into the semi but the owner of the company who owned the semi advised it was okay for police to break the window, police said.

Police eventually gained entry into the cab and said they found a male subject lying on the floor whose body was cold and had no pulse. Police said the subject appeared to be frozen due to the extreme cold over the past week.

Police said the subject had been reported missing from Ontario, Canada and that no signs of foul play were observed in the cab area.

The body was removed from the trucks cab by the Porter County Coroners Office.

Police said it is unknown if the subjects family has been notified and are not identifying the subject at this time.


Posted 1/9/2017





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