Colorado Springs Truck Driver Reported Missingby Jana Ritter - Published: 9/11/2013
A frantic Colorado Springs woman needs help locating her son Marty Weller, a Colorado Springs truck driver who has gone missing. Weller left Colorado over Labor Day weekend bound for North Carolina and was hauling a load of beer in his Freightliner truck. Weller, 47, stopped in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., to get a new alternator for his rig and he called his fiancé about 10 a.m. Sept. 1, while parked at a truck stop near Interstate 40 at Exit 143. His mother Fran Hall says that nobody has heard from him since.
"I'm very badly worried," Hall said. She has been in contact with officials in Tennessee, North Carolina and Colorado but says, "They have not found the truck. They have not found the trailer. We have not heard from him." "We've continued calling him over and over again," she explains. "Finally his phone just stopped ringing and it went immediately to voicemail."
Weller is a father and also has two grandchildren. He lives in southeastern Colorado Springs at the El Morro Mobile Estates. A post on the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network page on Facebook says that Weller works for Billy Moore Trucking and was expected to make his delivery to North Carolina on the morning of Sept. 3. A representative of Logistics Services, which handles dispatching for Billy Moore Trucking, confirmed that Weller never delivered the load of beer to its destination in Concord, N.C.
According to the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network, Weller was driving a dark purple 1996 Freightliner with flames and Colorado license plate number 604XAJ. Weller is described as 6 feet tall and bald and with blue eyes. Anybody with information about Weller's location or the location of his truck can call the following:
Missing Truck Driver Alert Network at 720-202-5606
Colorado Springs police at 444-7000 or
Local police in the area of any sighting
Reports have been filed with Colorado Springs police and the Humphreys County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee. Barbara Miller, a Colorado Springs police spokeswoman, said a detective is "working on the case and coordinating with several outside jurisdictions." Hall said the investigator in Tennessee told her that the truck stop off Interstate 40 from where Weller last used his phone is known for having cargo stolen while drivers are away from their rigs.
"There would have been an altercation," Hall said. "My son would have tried to protect his cargo." Tennessee was among the top 10 states for cargo theft in 2011 and 2012, according to FreightWatch International. According to his mother, Weller always stayed in close contact while on the road. She said he would call frequently and let her know where he was, when he was leaving and when he expected to be back in Colorado. Police told Hall that investigators had narrowed the possibilities to foul play or her son simply wanting to become missing. She swears that the latter is outside of her son's character. "I'm just a mother that wants to find her son," she said.