Detroit police still have no leads, suspect in murder of Indiana truck driver

By Clarissa Hawes, Land Line staff writer | 6/30/2014

Homicide investigators still have no leads or suspect in the murder of an Indiana truck driver, who was fatally shot and his Freightliner set on fire while parked near the ThyssenKrupp Steel Plant early Thursday, June 26.

Detroit firefighters found the body of Michael Boeglin, 31, of Ferdinand, Ind., inside his truck around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday. They had been called to the scene after receiving a report that a tractor-trailer was on fire near the steel plant.

“This is still a fresh investigation that our homicide division is working on,” Jennifer Moreno, public information officer for the Detroit Police Department, told Land Line on Monday. “We still have no leads or suspects at this time.”

Moreno said so far the department hasn’t been able to connect Boeglin’s murder to a number of homicide and arson cases in the city.

“These are typical types of occurrences used here to destroy evidence,” Moreno said.

Moreno said Detroit Police are urging anyone with information about Boeglin’s death to either call its Homicide Division at 313-596-2260 or call the agency’s toll-free number at 1-800-SPEAK UP.

Officer Nicole Kirkwood of the Detroit Police Department told Land Line on Friday, that the coroner’s office stated that Boeglin had been shot at least twice. She said five shell casings were found at the scene.

Boeglin leaves behind his wife, Ashley, who is four months pregnant with the couple’s first child.

A fund has been set up to support his wife Ashley. To contribute to the fund you can visit any German American Bank. For branch locations, call 812-482-1314

OOIDA Member Bob Lloyd of Ottawa Lake, Mich., told “Land Line Now” that he has parked in the same lot where Boeglin was killed. He said the area where the drivers park, on a stone lot near some baseball fields, is in a “very deprived, rundown area of Detroit.”

“No, it is not a safe and secure area,” Lloyd said. “There’s all kinds of people running around. It’s a very high drug area.”

However, he said a safe haven is located about 200 feet from where the drivers park, which is the gated ThyssenKrupp plant. Lloyd said the facility doesn’t allow outside carriers to park inside the gated area.

Andrew Teachout, who is the marketing manager for ThyssenKrupp Materials NA in Southfield, Mich., was preparing a statement about company parking policies on Monday.

“Following this shocking and tragic incident, we are proactively reaching out to our suppliers and employees to heighten their awareness of their personal safety and security at all times, specifically in the area surrounding our Detroit facility,” Teachout said in the statement about Boeglin’s murder.

Safe truck parking was the subject of a recent survey by the Federal Highway Administration as part of the current highway law – Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century – or MAP-21.

Reed Black, “Land Line Now” staff reporter, contributed to this report

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