Dallas Trucker Found Dead

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Updated: April 5, 2013
TruckStop Murder
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Dallas homicide detectives are investigating the suspicious death of a truck driver found at a southeast Dallas truck stop. The body of the 68-year-old man from Indiana was found about 2:30 a.m. at the USA Travel Center in the 8100 block of South Lancaster Road, just north of Interstate 20. Police have not released his name.

According to witnesses, the man apparently ran out of gas on LBJ Freeway and walked to the Travel Center to fill a five-gallon container with diesel fuel. Shortly after he paid and left, a security guard saw his body on the outskirts of the parking lot and called police. Authorities report finding trauma on the body but the coroner has not yet determined cause of death so police have classified the death as unexplained.

In the same area earlier in March another trucker was robbed and seriously injured during a robbery. The assault took place in a parking lot where drivers regularly pull over to rest. The victim of that crime was found sprawled next to his 18-wheeler. Police believe the mugger beat the driver with a baseball bat. A suspect was arrested a few hours later and charged with aggravated robbery. The trucker is expected to fully recover.

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