Still no leads following truck driver's murder in Detroit

By Clarissa Hawes, Land Line staff writer | 8/1/2014

More than a month after an Indiana truck driver was fatally shot and his rig set on fire, Detroit homicide investigators still have no leads or suspects.

Detroit firefighters found the body of Michael Boeglin, 30, of Ferdinand, Ind., dead inside his Freightliner around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 26, parked outside ThyssenKrupp Steel Plant in Detroit.

“We have no new update to report,” Officer Whitfield, a public information officer with the Detroit Police Department, told Land Line on Friday, Aug. 1. “We are still seeking citizens’ assistance to help us in the ongoing investigation.”

Officer Whitfield said Detroit Police are urging anyone with information about Boeglin’s death to call its Homicide Division at 313-596-2260. Detroit investigators are urging citizens with any information to also contact Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 800-SPEAK-UP.

Boeglin, who was scheduled to deliver to ThyssenKrupp Steel Plant on the morning he was killed, had parked on a gravel lot near some baseball fields about 200 feet from the entrance to the plant. 

Nearly two weeks after Boeglin’s murder, the company outlined its security policy for deliveries to the facility as being “Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., by appointment, to be sure adequate staff and security personnel are available to ensure shipments arrive and depart safely.”

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

Jason’s Law, named after slain truck driver Jason Rivenburg was included in the current highway law known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century – or MAP-21. The provision directs the Federal Highway Administration to conduct a study to evaluate the capability of states to provide adequate parking, assess commercial vehicle traffic and to develop a system to measure the adequacy of parking. That survey is currently underway.

Editor’s note: To contribute to a fund that has been set up to support his wife, visit any German American Bank (for branch locations, call 812-482-1314).

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