Steve Davenport’s phone rang on Friday, and he hoped it was the call he’d been waiting for. And it was. After spending three days searching for his missing show truck – a rolling tribute to the Gold Star Mothers and soldiers killed in action in Vietnam – the good news came.
“I got a call and we’re going to get her right now,” Davenport said mid-afternoon on Friday, as he and a friend headed up the road to Irving, Texas, about 21 miles from where the truck was last seen in Davenport’s hometown of Lewisville.
“My mind is racing right now,” he told Land Line.
Davenport spent Monday night at his residence in Lewisville. The rig had with its load of roofing materials had been securely parked in a gated lot used by work trucks on Monday evening but went missing overnight.
When Davenport got to the lot Tuesday morning to get his truck and trailer and deliver the load in Oklahoma, it was gone.
A TRACER alert was issued Tuesday morning. TRACER, the Transportation Alert Communication and Emergency Response program, was launched in 2009 by OOIDA. The program is a two-way communication system that sends alerts to members and coordinates information received from trucking members.
A fellow trucker, car hauler Steve Lynn – a Lewisville resident – spotted the signature black Peterbilt 379 and Reinke stepdeck trailer parked on a ramp in Irving, just minus the load.
Lynn knew the truck and had been following social media updates about the TRACER alert issued by OOIDA.
OOIDA Director of Security Operations Doug Morris said Lynn placed a call to law enforcement and then called the TRACER hotline to report that he’d found the truck.
As Land Line spoke with Davenport on Friday afternoon, he got a call on another cellphone line. It was Lynn.
“I about broke down in tears when I saw that it was yours,” Lynn told Davenport as they prepared to meet at the site in Irving.
“It didn’t look like it was tore up. I sure hope there’s nobody in there asleep,” Lynn said.
Davenport said he was thankful for all those who shared the TRACER alert and Facebook posts about the stolen vehicle.
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