Semi-truck driver found in burned wreckage of truck in Detroit - KMSP-TV

Semi-truck driver found in burned wreckage of truck in Detroit

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT (WJBK) - Detroit police are investigating after the body of a semi truck driver was found in the burned wreckage of a truck. Police are investigating if he was fatally shot before the truck was set on fire.

Investigators looked through the charred wreckage of the semi in a lot a McGraw and Junction street just after sunrise Thursday.

Overnight, it appears someone shot and killed the truck driver and set the vehicle on fire while the driver was waiting to pick up a load from the nearby ThyssenKrupp steel plant.

The victim was burned beyond recognition and police are working to identify him.

We're told the truck had Pennsylvania plates and we saw a Michigan map at the scene, indicating he may have been from out of state.

Police also found five spent shell casings. The medical examiner will make the final determination on whether the victim was shot before the fire.

Thursday afternoon police were back at the scene looking for a phone and other evidence. It appears the motive for this crime could be a robbery.

Fox 2 contacted the steel company but a spokesperson declined to comment. The apparent murder and arson took place just a few feet away away from the site of the original Kronk Gym run by the late Emmanuel Steward.

The building was shut down in 2006 and has since been gutted by scrappers. Anyone with information on what took place on this desolate corner in southwest Detroit should call police or Crimestoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Pensioners approve Detroit bankruptcy plan

    Pensioners approve Detroit bankruptcy plan

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:39:04 GMT
    The city of Detroit says workers and retirees have approved pension cuts, a crucial step to emerging from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The city reported results Monday after two months of balloting ended July 11. A judge still must hold a trial to determine if Detroit's overall bankruptcy plan is fair and feasible, but support from retirees is vital.
    The city of Detroit says workers and retirees have approved pension cuts, a crucial step to emerging from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The city reported results Monday after two months of balloting ended July 11. A judge still must hold a trial to determine if Detroit's overall bankruptcy plan is fair and feasible, but support from retirees is vital.
  • DPD's 6th precinct struck by bullets in drive-by shooting

    DPD's 6th precinct struck by bullets in drive-by shooting

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:06:31 GMT
    Detroit police say bullets struck the 6th Precinct building during a drive-by shooting. This was the same precinct where four officers were shot back in 2011.
    Detroit police say bullets struck the 6th Precinct building during a drive-by shooting. This was the same precinct where four officers were shot back in 2011.
  • City turns down Vinsetta Garage's new parking proposal

    City turns down Vinsetta Garage's new parking proposal

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:31:49 GMT
    Vinsetta Garage, a popular restaurant in Berkley, proposed to tear down several homes and build a parking lot to solve the parking issue in the neighborhood, but the proposal was turned down Monday at city hall.
    Vinsetta Garage, a popular restaurant in Berkley, proposed to tear down several homes and build a parking lot to solve the parking issue in the neighborhood, but the proposal was turned down Monday at city hall.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices