Police investigate unrelated deaths of two truckers at same facility in Ohio

By Clarissa Hawes, Land Line staff writer | Friday, April 18, 2014

Authorities are still investigating the deaths of two truck drivers found in their truck cabs two days apart at the Five Star Truck facility in Willoughby, Ohio.

Willoughby Police Detective Lt. James Schultz told Land Line on Friday, April 18, that the cases do not appear to be related and foul play is not suspected in either case at this time.

Richard Pulsipher, 44, of Kearns, Utah, was found dead in the driver’s seat of his truck on April 14 by a Five Star employee. The employee noticed that Pulsipher’s truck had not moved from the same spot since Saturday, April 12. According to the police department’s incident report, Pulsipher drove for JPS Logistics, headquartered in Illinois. Schultz said he was at Five Star to drop off a trailer and pick up another one.

Schultz told Land Line that Pulsipher had only worked for his trucking company for one month prior to his death.

The local fire department was called to the scene and tested Pulsipher’s cab for carbon monoxide, but Schultz said tests were negative.

On April 16, Schultz said police were called back to Five Star after a different employee noticed that the truck driven by Anthony Satterfield, 49, of Chatsworth, Ga., was parked in the same spot as the previous day. The employee told police that Satterfield was scheduled to be in Tennessee on the day he was found dead in his truck.

According to Schultz, Satterfield, who drove for C & S Distribution of Dalton, Ga., was not parked in the Five Star lot, but instead was parked on the street in front of the facility.

“Again we found no suspicious activity, no criminal act,” Schultz said.

He said the department is awaiting autopsy results on both drivers, which could take several weeks.

“Until now, we had not been called to Five Star for any incidents,” Schultz said.

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