police are looking for a trucker who disappeared Sunday evening after saying
her current run would be her last trip and after police found her truck
on a bridge with the passenger door open.
operated by Christine E. Wordlow of Romance, AR, was found Sunday in the
eastbound lanes of the I-40 bridge over the Mississippi River between Memphis,
TN, and West Memphis, AR, local police officials told Land Line.
who drives for CR England Trucking of Salt Lake City, was last seen Saturday
in West Memphis at the Williams truckstop, Mike Allen of the West Memphis
Police said. Her rig had been involved in a minor accident. She had just
parked the vehicle at the truckstop when another rig, which was backing
up, collided with hers.
officers who worked the accident described her as pleasant. Soon after
she gave information to them for a report, she headed east across the Hernando
DeSoto Bridge, which carries the interstate over the Mississippi.
day, Sunday, Feb. 23, her truck was found on the Memphis end of the bridge.
Her keys were in the ignition, police said, and the passenger side door
of the truck was left open.
her listed as a missing person,” LaTonya Able, a spokeswoman for the Memphis
Police, said. “And we do suspect it may be a possible suicide. … We’re
still investigating it.”
of the possibility that Wordlow might have jumped into the river, the Memphis
Police have alerted the Coast Guard, which is checking the river for her.
In addition, helicopters and barges are keeping watch along the river,
and the driver’s information has been entered into the National Crime Information
Computer system and given to local media outlets.
Williams, the West Memphis officer who worked the accident Saturday night
involving Wordlow, told WREG television that the driver did not seem distraught.
He isn't convinced she'd put herself in danger.
shocked me,” he said. “She was pleasant."
Allen of the West Memphis department said initial reports indicated that
she might have been taking some type of medication for depression. In addition,
she had reportedly said that her current run would be her last trip as
a trucker for the company.
is described as an African-American woman, 43 years old. The resident of
Romance, Ark., is described as 5-foot-9 and 215 pounds, with braid extensions
in her hair.
who has information about Christine E. Wordlow should contact the 24-hour
Crime Stoppers number at (901) 528-CASH. In addition, they can call the
Memphis Missing Persons Bureau at (901) 373-3883, or the city’s homicide
division at (901) 545-5300.
H. Reddig, associate editor