DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — David Schultz's semi-truck was found two weeks ago on a rural highway in northwest Iowa, its trailer still loaded with the piglets it was carrying. Schultz's wallet and phone were inside, and his jacket was on the side of the road.
But Schultz was nowhere to be found, and his disappearance outside Sac City on November 21 remains a mystery.
His wife described the 53-year-old father of two as a trustworthy man with a strong work ethic and said something must have gone wrong.
Sarah Schultz told the Sioux City Journal, "This is not something David would do." “He will never leave. His family is his life.”
Hundreds of people volunteered to search for Schultz, but after scouring 100,000 acres near the highway, the effort was halted as searchers considered their next move. Search leaders were confident that if Schultz had wandered off due to a medical emergency or some other problem, they would have found him.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting the Sac County Sheriff's Office and the Lake View Police Department in the case. Iowa DCI referred The Associated Press to the Sac County Sheriff's Office, which declined to comment on the active investigation.
Schultz, of Wall Lake, did not arrive as expected with a load of pigs on November 21 in Sac City, Iowa, a small farming town about 90 miles (145 km) northwest of Des Moines. No one could talk to him on the phone.
According to Jake Rowley, regional team leader for the United Cajun Navy, a nonprofit search and rescue organization, the truck was found that afternoon near a livestock dealer in Sac City, less than 10 miles northeast of its destination. reacts accordingly. natural disasters.
Schultz's truck was not running when it was found in the middle of a two-lane highway. It was facing north, Rowley said, even though it should have been going south to get to Sac City.
The disappearance has mystified surrounding communities in Iowa, prompting more than 250 individual volunteers to join the search.
The United Cajun Navy voluntarily took over the search to allow law enforcement to focus on the investigation, Rowley said, but he expects to see more from the Iowa DCI and other investigators.
"They may be doing a lot on the computer, but they're not really active in the landscape," Rowley said. “In my opinion, an organization of DCI's size should be able to come in and make a splash.”
Copyright 2023 The associated Press, All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.