UPDATE: Search for missing trucker comes to tragic end

| 12/13/2005

The search for a missing Arkansas trucker who disappeared during the weekend has come to a tragic end.

Terry Eubanks, a 47-year-old trucker and OOIDA member from Conway, AR, was found dead in his truck Tuesday, Dec. 13, at a Petro Truck Stop near Gaston, IN, about 11 miles from where he had picked up his last load, according to Lt. Jack Pike, public information officer for the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas.

Pike told Land Line that he was contacted by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana, whose officers found Eubanks inside his truck. Pike said he did not believe there was any foul play suspected.

Eubanks’ wife, Marcy, spoke to Land Line on Monday, Dec. 12, after phoning OOIDA for advice in finding her husband. She said he told her by telephone on Thursday, Dec. 8, 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 Marcy filed Monday, that call Friday was Marcy’s last communication with her husband.

Marcy tried to call him repeatedly, and on Monday, Dec. 12, she alerted local authorities in Arkansas and the Indiana State Police, who issued a watch for Eubanks.

Eubanks, who was 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 was not heard from again.

– By Aaron Ladage, staff writer