Missing trucker identified as Kansas City homicide victim

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 2/13/2014

The body of a man who was found in a freezer in a detached garage behind a Kansas City, Kan., residence has been identified as a trucker who went missing last fall.

The victim has been identified as Lawrence Peter Muirhead, 53, of Tucson, Ariz., a truck driver who had been reported missing from the Kansas City area in October of last year, according to a news release from Kansas City police.

Police said Thursday that they are investigating his death as a homicide.

Muirhead was reported missing by his family on Oct. 1, 2013, after he failed to return home to Tucson after a trip to Pennsylvania. Relatives told authorities that they had last had contact with him on Sept. 28.

Muirhead, an OOIDA member, was driving his red 2004 Freightliner Columbia with a 52-foot flatbed trailer load of highway road signs. The truck he had been driving was found abandoned on Oct. 4 near Shawnee Mission Parkway and Antioch Road in Merriam, Kan., a Kansas City suburb.

Kansas City police said that the frozen body was found in a top loading freezer in a detached garage behind a residence in the 1800 block of New Jersey Avenue on Sunday afternoon. The residence is approximately 12 miles northeast from where Muirhead’s truck was found.

Kansas City, Kan., police have not said how Muirhead died. They are continuing to investigate and ask anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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