Police seek information on missing Arkansas trucker

| 12/12/2005

Police, coworkers and family members are asking for any information pertaining to an Arkansas trucker who went missing during the weekend.

Terry Eubanks, a 47-year-old trucker and OOIDA member from Conway, AR, was reported missing by his wife, Marcy, according to a missing persons report filed Monday, Dec. 12, with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office.

Eubanks is described as white; 6’1”; 250 pounds; with gray and black facial hair; brown eyes; short black hair; and glasses. He may also be wearing a watch and a gold-and-diamond wedding ring.

He is driving a 2006 red Peterbilt with a silver reefer trailer with blue company logo. His truck number is 270, and his reefer number is 501.

Eubanks, who is leased to River Valley Express in Russellville, AR, was scheduled to pick up a load at Red Gold in Alexandria, IN, and deliver it to Sysco in Little Rock, AR. According to the missing persons report, Eubanks did pick up his load from Red Gold on Sunday, Dec. 11, but has not been heard from since.

Marcy told Land Line that on Thursday, Dec. 8, her husband Terry, whom she speaks with daily, told her by telephone that he was not feeling well. When she spoke with him on Friday, he told her he would be home for their daughter’s Christmas program on Sunday, but again said he was not feeling well and “felt strange.” He was going to lie down in his sleeper and cut the call short.

According to the missing persons report, that call Friday was Marcy’s last communication with her husband.

Marcy also said that she was worried about her husband driving in the dangerous winter conditions. According to the National Weather Service, the Indianapolis area on Dec. 11 – approximately the same time and place when he was last seen – was receiving fog, rain, light snow, drizzle, light freezing rain and ice, with temperatures in the high 30s. About 9 inches of snow had fallen in the area since the beginning of December.

“We have a deal, Terry and I, and that is he calls me every day,” she told Land Line. “I have tried to call him steadily with no answer. And that is not right.”

After two days of silence, Marcy alerted local authorities in Arkansas and the Indiana State Police, who issued a watch for Eubanks. She also contacted her husband’s cell phone company, Alltel, who traced his phone to a location near Guion, IN – about 60 miles west of Indianapolis – from a call made from the phone at 2:15 p.m. Sunday. However, Alltel refused to release additional information on the call without a subpoena, according to the missing persons report.

The sheriff’s office also contacted Beth Lowrey, a safety representative for River Valley Express, who said they had also made several unsuccessful attempts to contact Eubanks.

Anyone with information regarding Eubanks should contact the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office at (501) 450-4914.

– By Aaron Ladage, staff writer