Killer Still At Large After Stabbing Truck Driverby Jana Ritter - Published: 3/14/2016
Another criminal is at large after killing a truck driver and now the non-profit group, truckersfinalmile.org is stepping in and offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this latest tragic incident.
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On the morning of March 8th, 52-year-old truck driver, Piotr Pietrzykowski, was found dead in the cab of his tractor-trailer by an employee at the Mustard Seed Market Deli & Travel Plaza, 2320 136th Ave. E. in Sumner, Washington. Sumner police arrived at the scene to find the truck driver already deceased. "No response at the door,” said Sumner deputy police chief Jeff Engel. “Knocked further. Looked inside and saw a male who needed some assistance and checked on him further and he appeared to be deceased." Police knew they had to work fast with the difficult job of investigating a homicide in a location where people are constantly coming and going, making potential witnesses hard to come to by. They immediately started asking fellow drivers who had been resting at the truck stop. "A cop woke me up and said 'did you hear anything?' 'no,'" said truck driver Paul Sisul who was sleeping just a few feet away in his cab.
Investigators also brought a K9 unit to the scene, hoping to catch the scent of the killer. Early on they ruled out the possibility of it being a robbery gone bad or a random attack and said they have reason to believe the truck driver had gotten in an argument with someone. Possibly even a person that had been riding with him. While the trucking company, Top Line Express, confirmed there was no second driver scheduled with Pietrzykowski, it is common for drivers take someone along on the road. But Sisul said he doubts it was another truck driver. "You put two guys in a truck for long enough they fight usually. But I've never heard of anybody killing the other guy. If that's what even happened," he said.
On Saturday, volunteers from Pierce County Search and Rescue spent eight hours searching the truck stop plaza area for possible evidence but unfortunately they didn’t find much. On Monday, the organization truckersfinalmile.org stepped up the search and announced a $2,500 reward, hoping it will convince someone to come forward with information. The organization is also raising money to get Pietrzykowski’s body home to Elgin, Illinois, where he lived with his wife and 8-year-old son.
Donations can be made at www.truckersfinalmile.org
Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call the Sumner Police Department’s tip line at 253-299-5678.