One of the most horrifying experiences for a family to go through is to have a loved one go missing. “Not knowing” brings all kinds of possible scenarios into one minds of what “could have” happened.
This is a real concern that many families of OTR drivers think about. A late or missed phone call or a driver not answering their cell can create panic for the family or friends of a trucker. Most of the time there are logical explanations, either the driver fell asleep, a poor signal, taking a shower, or a list of other valid reasons.
This past February truck driver Mark Williams went missing. Because Mr. Williams did not have truck GPS tracking, the police were limited on their efforts to locate him. It wasn’t until a group of people on FaceBook became concerned and the driver was finally located. Unfortunately the driver was found deceased in his truck, days after he was first reported missing. Sadly, just as the case of Mark Williams, not all trucks are equipped with a GPS, making the ability to locate a missing driver very difficult.
We would like to once again encourage all who are concerned about their friends or loved ones who are over the road truck drivers, to please sign up for the Missing Truck Driver Alert on their cell phones. Only if there is a VALID alert for a missing truck driver would you receive the alert ( text message)
By joining this effort, it will make it possible for all of us to be notified and to spread the word through social media to others, as well as be able to be on the alert and help locate the truck and driver yourself.
For more information please contact Kari Fisher of the Missing Truck Driver page on FaceBook.
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