Missing Central Texas Truck Driver Found

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (March 18, 2014) Mike Howell, 49, of Huntsville, a truck driver whose tractor-trailer was found abandoned at a northwest Missouri gas station, has been found safe at a motel 12 miles away.

A woman told the Clinton County Sheriff's Office on Monday night she gave Howell a ride to Cameron, Mo., where she dropped him off at a local motel, Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Tilford said Tuesday.

Howell was reported missing after his wallet, cellphone and other personal items were found inside the truck at a Trex Mart along Interstate 35 near Lathrop.

He was last seen at around 11 a.m. Sunday.

Cameron police officers and a Highway Patrol trooper contacted Howell, who was fine, Tilford said.

He says Howell's truck was disabled by a problem with one of the axles.

Howell is a driver for R&M Transportation in Omaha, Neb., which used a GPS to locate the vehicle after he didn't show up at his intended destination.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol got a call around 7 a.m. Monday about Howell's truck at the store.