When the decomposed body of a trucker was discovered in his sleeper at a Troutman, NC, truck stop recently, investigators determined he died of natural causes, possibly as much as three months ago.
The trucker has been identified as 64-year-old William Herbert. He was a driver for K-Line Express out of Secaucus, NJ.
The discovery of his body led to some news articles that questioned why no one came looking for Herbert, but Detective John Adams of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office says Herbert’s company and his loved ones actually were looking for him.
“His family was frantically getting everyone involved, looking for him,” said Adams. “His sister and girlfriend were using every way they could to find him. The initial report was made by his company, K-Line.”
Herbert went missing back in December. Adams says a missing persons report and a stolen truck report had been filed.
According to the police, Herbert had picked up a load of stucco compound in Georgia and was heading home. He parked at the Wilco Travel Plaza on the Charlotte Highway in Troutman, NC.
His body was discovered about two weeks ago by employees at the truck stop who smelled an odor.
Adams says the Wilco is typically very busy.
“There’s thousands and thousands of trucks that go through day and night,” said Adams. “It’s hard to keep track of every truck.”
No one from Wilco was available to comment on how a truck could sit on the property so long without drawing attention.
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