Posted: 10:08 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Driver found dead inside truck at Troutman stop identified

By Jason Stoogenke

TROUTMAN, N.C. —

Investigators say a truck driver was dead in his truck and they think the tractor trailer may have been sitting at a local truck stop for months.

Authorities said William Herbert died of natural causes.

The Statesville Record and Landmark reported the New Jersey native may have died after parking the Wilco Travel Plaza near Troutman in December, but his body wasn’t discovered until this week.|

Channel 9 learned Herbert's body was so decomposed, investigators used DNA to identify him. They think he may be someone who was reported missing in December.

Many wonder why no one came looking for the driver or at least came looking for the truck or its freight.

Truck driver James Howard said, "You think somebody would have thought something about it." Plus, WSOC is told the truck was reported stolen.

So far, investigators aren't saying what happened, just that they don't suspect foul play.

Wilco employees said they weren't allowed to discuss the case or explain why no one noticed the truck apparently hadn't moved for so long.

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