Investigation into truckdriver’s death continues

| 9/17/2003

Law-enforcement officials are investigating the death of a Nebraska truckdriver whose body was found Saturday in a rural Nebraska ditch, media outlets reported.

The trucker, James Hagan of Elsie, NE, was reported missing after officials at a Lincoln, NE, truckstop reported that the 50-year-old’s rig was found empty, but running for several days, according to The Associated Press. A bloody knife was found by truckstop employees nearby.

Police also told local television station KETV that they don’t think Hagan was the person who moved his truck to the location where it was found.

Seward, where the body was discovered by a jogger, is north of I-80 about 30 miles west of Lincoln. The AP reported that the trucker’s body was identified by fingerprints.

KETV reported two people, Trena Arant and Kenny Gass, are being held; police suspect the two of forging some of Hagan’s checks. However, police would not tell the television station whether the two were suspects in the death, and they have not been charged with that offense.

Hagan was last seen Sept. 4; his body was found nine days later.