Investigators say Mendenhall’s truck had blood from five women

| 7/26/2007

A truck driver charged with criminal homicide had blood from at least five women in his truck, according to news reports.

Bruce Mendenhall, 56, of Albion, IL, was arrested and charged on July 11 with criminal homicide in connection with the slaying of 25-year-old Sara Nicole Hulbert. He’s scheduled to appear in Davidson County, TN, Judge Michael Mondelli’s Criminal Court on Thursday, Aug. 2.

Nancy Amons, a reporter with WSMV-TV in Nashville, reported this week that detectives took 100 swabs of blood and DNA evidence from the cab of his bright yellow 2000 International, and that 23 of the swabs linked Mendenhall to five killings.

Police are waiting for lab results to see if DNA they collected from the late 43-year-old Sherry Drinkard’s fingernails matches Mendenhall, the WSMV report stated. The body of Drinkard, of Gary, IN, was found in Lake Station, IL, on Feb. 22.

Hulbert’s body was found at 12:40 a.m. on June 26 along a fence at the TravelCenters of America parking lot in Nashville, TN. While being questioned after his arrest, Mendenhall indicated his involvement in the deaths of at least four other women.

Mendenhall was arrested after Nashville Detective Pat Postiglione pulled Mendenhall over at truck stop and noticed blood on his thumb and splattered on the driver’s side door of his cab.

Postiglione also discovered a “large amount” of blood in a trash bag Mendenhall kept behind his driver’s seat, and police later matched a pair of shoes with tread marks left at the scene of Hulbert’s killing, according to an affidavit submitted by Davidson County Prosecutor Charles Freeman.

Danny Davis, Mendenhall’s supervisor at Quality Oak Products, told Land Line in mid-July that Mendenhall’s hauling routes matched up with at least two killings police were investigating.

More evidence is expected to be presented at Mendenhall’s hearing next Thursday, Aug. 2.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer