Arkansas trucker still missing

| Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Police are still looking for leads in the case of Christine Wordlow, an Arkansas trucker whose rig was found empty and abandoned on a bridge over the Mississippi River Feb. 23.

LaTonya Able, public information officer for Memphis, TN, Police, told Land Line April 14 that police had not found Wordlow and that she was still listed as missing.

Mike Allen, public affairs officer for the police in West Memphis, AR, across the river, said his department was not aware of any additional leads in the case. Allen said officials had not found any bodies in the river that could be the missing trucker.

Wordlow, a resident of Romance, AR, was listed as missing after her rig 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 said.

Wordlow, who drove for CR England Trucking of Salt Lake City, was last seen Saturday in West Memphis at the Williams truckstop, Allen said, after her rig had been involved in a minor accident. Soon afterward, she headed east across the Hernando DeSoto Bridge, which carries the interstate over the Mississippi.

The next 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.

“We have her listed as a missing person,” Able said. “And we do suspect it may be a possible suicide. … We're still investigating it.”

The Memphis Police alerted the Coast Guard, which checked the river for her. Her driver's information was entered into the National Crime Information Computer system and given to local media outlets.

--by Mark H. Reddig, associate editor

Mark Reddig may be reached at mreddig@landlinemag.com.

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