Police urge driver community to be on the lookout for missing driver

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | 10/1/2012

It’s been nearly a week since the family of Bryan Van Hooser, 35, of Rock Falls, IL, reported him missing after he failed to show up at his job.

Rock Falls, IL, Police Chief Mike Kuelper told Land Line on Monday, Oct. 1, that his office hasn’t received any leads or positive sightings of Van Hooser since he was reported missing by his wife, Mindy, on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

 Photo provided by Rock Hill Police Department

Bryan R. Van Hooser, 35, of Rock Falls, IL, has been missing since Tuesday, Sept. 25. He is 5’7,” 160 pounds and has blue eyes.

Van Hooser, an owner-operator for W.N. Morehouse Truck Line in Omaha, NE, was scheduled to take a load of frozen meat to Chicago on Tuesday. Some earlier news reports stated that Van Hooser and his load were missing, but Kuelper said this wasn't the case.

His rig was found where he usually parks it. Police believe he is in his personal vehicle, a 2006 blue Chevy Trailblazer with a Green Bay Packers’ trailer hitch cover and IL plates 661 5431. His cellphone was found at his house, according to the police report.

Photo provided by Rock Hill Police Department

Rock Falls, IL, police are urging the trucking community to be on the lookout for Bryan Van Hooser, who was last seen driving his 2005 blue Chevy Trailblazer with Illinois license plate number 661 5431.

“We received information that he might be headed to the Midwestern states like South Dakota, Wyoming or Nebraska,” Kuelper said. “As of right now, we don’t have anything concrete. He is still missing.”

Kuelper said Van Hooser’s name has been entered into the national missing person’s database, and his name and vehicle description have been sent out to the states where he might be headed.

“We are asking them to check any rest areas or off-the-beaten path areas, just in case they might spot him, but at this point we have nothing new,” Kuelper said.

According to the police report, Van Hooser’s wife, Mindy, called police around 4:17 p.m. on Tuesday because she was worried about her husband after he made “some remarks during a conversation that troubled her earlier in the afternoon.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rock Falls Police Department at 815-622-1140 or tips@rockfalls61071.com.

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