Police: Trucker found stabbed to death was in earlier argument

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line associate editor | 3/9/2016

A truck driver found stabbed to death at a truck stop in Washington on Tuesday appears to have been in an argument earlier in the evening.

In a phone interview with Land Line on Wednesday, Sumner police spokesperson Carmen Palmer said authorities do not believe the victim was targeted at random.

The victim has been identified as 52-year-old Piotr Pietrzykowksi, a trucker from Elgin, Ill., who was passing through the area for work, according to a report in the News Tribune.

Palmer said police were called to the Mustard Seed Travel Plaza in the 2300-block of 136th Avenue in Sumner, where they discovered the driver’s body with apparent stab wounds in the cab of the truck.

No one has been arrested.

Palmer said investigators are sorting through trash, reviewing security camera footage, and interviewing other drivers.

“We’re following up on all leads,” she said.

The incident has prompted a regional response from law enforcement to assist Sumner, a town of approximately 9,400 off Interstate 5 near Seattle and Tacoma.

Palmer said anyone with information on the homicide is encouraged to call the Sumner Police Department’s tip line at 253-299-5678.

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