Missing trucker found at South Dakota truck stop

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | Monday, January 16, 2012

Authorities have called off the search for a missing truck driver on Monday, Jan. 16, after she returned to the truck stop where she was first reported missing early Sunday morning.

Fall River County, SD, Sheriff Rich Mraz told Land Line that Constance Beyer, 58, from Hancock, MN, was found safe on Monday near the Coffee Cup Fuel Stop at Maverick Junction, SD, where she was reported missing a day earlier.

“At this point, we don’t suspect foul play,” Mraz said. “We are still doing some investigation, some followup, but she came back in and she was uninjured.”

Constance Beyer was reported missing after she and her husband, Lanny Beyer, 59, stopped for fuel at the Coffee Cup around 4 a.m. on Sunday. The couple are team drivers.

An employee at the Coffee Cup told Land Line on Monday that Beyer “showed up here around 8:30 or 9 a.m. this morning.”

“It’s a great ending, that she’s OK,” the Coffee Cup employee said.

Mraz said on Sunday that approximately 40 people, including volunteers from the Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Department, the Fall River Sheriff’s Office and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation searched for Beyer. Mraz said search planes and two dog teams were also used on Sunday.

While there are still some questions to be answered in the case, Mraz said that Beyer’s safe return “made my day.”

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