‘Natural causes’ suspected in death of trucker Monday

Natural causes are suspected in the death of a 38-year-old truck driver whose body was found in his truck rig at Thorndale Co-Op Monday morning.

Just ice of t he Peace Gar y Nor thcott pronounced Mark Whitaker of Franklin, Arkansas, dead at the scene and ordered an autopsy.

Northcott said Whitaker had hauled a load of hay to the Co- Op late Sunday, which was to be unloaded Monday morning.

“When Co- Op workers went out to the truck that morning they discovered his body,” Northcott said.

“There’s certainly no suspicion of foul play,” Northcott said.

CAMERON DEATH—Another truck driver died in Milam County during the week.

Ross Booth, 58, of Granbury, died Thursday in Scott & White Hospital after he was struck by a tractor-trailer rig while walking across the parking lot of Hilltop Cefco in Cameron Wednesday night in a heavy rain.

Cameron Police Chief Randy Dixon said the death has been ruled accidental.

‘RESCUE’—The Milam County Sheriff’s Department was called out to a “rescue” Thursday after a 26-year-old Gause man reported he had become lost on Sugar Loaf Mountain near Gause.

Jim Barber telephoned to say he could not find his way down the river bluff—known locally as a “mountain”—in the dark during a rain storm.

Sheriff’s deputies activated f lasher bars atop a cruiser to guide the man to safety.

CALLS—Sheriff David Greene said calls during the past week for his department included:

Dec. 13—Other, Cameron area; threats, FM 486, south of Thorndale; missing cattle, CR 350A, Gause area; missing person adult, FM 908, south of Rockdale.

Dec. 14—Request to speak to deputy, CR 333; theft, CR 316, Rockdale area; burglary, FM 3242, Milano area; located missing person, Houston hospital; damaged property, 1st Street, Milano; smell of smoke, US 77, south of Rockdale.

Thursday— Lift assist, Cedar Grove Road, Minerva area; possible animal neglect, Rockdale West; possible animal cruelty, east of Buckholts; welfare concern, FM 487, Rockdale area; forgery, Rockdale area; missing person adult, CR 264.

Friday—Welfare check, Griffith Lane, Thorndale area; welfare concern, Alcoa Avenue, Rockdale; animal neglect, Rockdale West; welfare concern, Professor Smith Street, Gause; burglary, CR 237; alarm detected, Western Hills Road, Rockdale area; 911 hangup, CR 342, Milano area; alarm detected Western Hills Road, Rockdale area; harassment, CR 342; stranded motorist, US 79, Milano area; assist other agency, Sherwood Forrest.

Saturday— 911 hangup, CR 353, Gause area; assist other agency, CR 434 Loop, Rockdale area; request to speak to deputy, CR 457; Thorndale area; suspicious vehicle, Glendale Drive, Rockdale area; 911 abandoned call, CR 346; civil matter, CR 428, Thorndale area; domestic assault, CR 458A, Thorndale area.

Sunday— Suspicious activity, East Avenue C, Milano; assault, CR 330, Milano area; arrest made, US 190, Cameron area; criminal trespass notice, US 79, east of Gause.

Monday— Stranded motorist, TX 36, Cameron area; suicidal subject, FM 1444, Ben Arnold; suspicious activity, Rockdale West; civil matter, Olive Street, Gause; theft of property, CR 120, Buckholts area; burglar alarm, CR 229, Cameron area; assist other agency, West Avenue D, Milano; stolen motorcycle, CR 423; alarm detected, CR 342, Milano area; suspicious person, US 77, south of Cameron; theft, CR 345, Rockdale area; civil stand by, US 79, Rockdale area; suspicious activity, Holly Drive, Rockdale area.

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