Another trucker found dead at Texas Petro

| 11/28/2006

Forensic investigators still don't know what caused the death of a person found in the sleeper of a parked truck at the Petro Stopping Center on Ackerman Road near Interstate 10 in San Antonio.

On Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23, Byron Gonzales, 42, was found dead at the same truck stop where earlier this month the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered inside an idling truck.

Chief Investigator Jimmy Holguin of the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office told Land Line Magazine the cause of death was, like the others, undetermined at this time. Holguin said Gonzales was found lying down in the sleeper berth and there had been no trauma.

Less than a month earlier, Harry Ackroyd and Michelle McLean were found Nov. 1 after a pair of truckers alerted Petro store managers to a foul smell. They, too, were in the sleeper and there was no indication of foul play. According to the San Antonio Express, the truck's engine was running and the bodies were partly clothed.

Petro Manager David Martinez said he was told that carbon monoxide poisoning was a possible cause in the deaths of Ackroyd and McLean, and he was told Gonzales' death was "from natural causes."

But Holguin declined to speculate on any cause and was hesitant to talk about possible carbon monoxide poisoning in any of the cases. He said the cases will now go to toxicology and it will be at least 12 weeks before the office releases the results.

- By Sandi Soendker, managing editor