Investigation Continues in Death of Miss. Truck Driver, Altoona Driver Found Dead in Californiaby Jana Ritter - Published: 6/15/2016
Mississippi authorities are continuing to investigate what happened to 36-year-old Milledgeville truck driver, Tommy Lee Wilson. They’ve released photographs of a blue Mercedes leaving the truck stop where Wilson last parked and are seeking the public’s help in locating the car and its driver. Anyone with information about Wilson or the driver of the car shown in the police photograph is asked to call the Newton Police Department at 601-683-2041.
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Wilson’s decomposed body was discovered on Memorial Day in a field about 150 yards away from where his semi-truck had been parked at Newton Junction Truck Stop, off state Highway 15 near Interstate 20 in Newton, Miss. His body was so badly decomposed that authorities are still trying to determine his exact cause of death. In the meantime, Newton Assistant Police Chief, Bud May and police Investigator, Bruce McCraw are continuing to chase any and all leads and working closing with agents with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation to determine whether there was any foul play involved.
Wilson’s Peterbilt truck was found at the truck stop with the cab ransacked and at least one window broken out. A few days ago, police released the photographs of the blue Mercedes as a possible lead in the investigation. “Yes, we’re interested in it,” McCraw said. He then said he could not go into any details as to why authorities are interested in the car or how it might relate to the investigation. “I’d rather not comment on this any further,” he stated.
Sadly, the other recently missing truck driver from Altoona, Pennsylvania was found dead in California on Sunday. The Tulare County Coroner’s Office have confirmed the identity of 53-year-old Barry Glass and are awaiting results of a toxicology report before determining his exact cause of death. At this time, foul play is not suspected but authorities say they are continuing to investigate the situation.
Glass was last seen on May 31, when he completed his delivery job at the Tule Indian Reservation in Porterville, CA.Then last week, the Tulare sheriff’s department was contact by authorities in Pennsylvania who said the truck driver was reported missing and had last been heard from in Tulare County. Police, news agencies and the trucking community helped circulate information about the missing truck driver and his rig via television and social media. On June 1 and 2nd a Tulare County resident noticed a white 2012 International ProStar parked in Terra Bella at the Sierra Minit Mart on Avenue 95 near Highway 65. She recognized it was similar to the photos of the truck she saw posted on-line and after she saw it still parked there on June 12; she contacted the sheriff’s department. At about 7 p.m. on Sunday, authorities located the rig still parked at the same location and found the truck driver’s decomposing body inside the cab.