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Body found in 18-wheeler parked in New River


NEW RIVER – On Sunday night, a man’s body was found in a semi parked in New River, at the on-ramp of the I-17. The man appears to have died from natural causes.

“Around 7:30 p.m. last night (Sunday, July 19), DPS received a report of suspicious vehicle,” said Bart Graves, Media Relations Manager at the Arizona Department of Public Safety. “An 18-wheeler had been parked for two days on the northbound onramp at I-17 at New River Road.”

A DPS trooper responded to the call, which was placed by someone who said they had observed the semi parked in this location for an extended period of time. Upon arriving at the scene, the trooper saw a man in the sleeper berth of the semi. The trooper was able to get inside the cab. After checking on the occupant, the trooper determined the man was deceased. No one else was in the vehicle when the trooper arrived.

“The victim is a 48-year-old male who we believe is the operator of the semi,” Graves noted. “We are waiting on the results of an autopsy. We do not suspect foul play.”

The semi, owned by Marten Trucking, was carrying a load, which was sealed inside the trailer. Investigators are now examining the contents of the trailer.

Graves noted that the DPS Vehicular Crimes Unit has taken over the investigation. Anyone with information in the case can provide information through the DPS online service at