There are 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States. The network of drivers have eyes across the country. For years, law enforcement has used that network of drivers to spread the word and keep a look out for missing persons. Today, a truck driver’s intuition and attentiveness is being credited with the discovery of a missing man and two children.
On Sunday, a father and his two young children were reported missing in Indiana.
Michael Mann, 34, Macy, 5, and Madden, 3, were headed from their home in New Albany, Indiana to visit family in Versailles, Kentucky.
They were reported missing after failing to arrive at their destination in Versailles.
On Monday, authorities found the Mann’s abandoned Kia along the side of I-75 in London, Kentucky. The keys were still in the ignition and a suitcase was laying on the ground.
On Tuesday morning, truck driver Thomas English was driving along I-75 when he spotted a man and two small children on the side of the busy interstate at the 49 mile marker.
English said the man had a camouflage jacket with the hood up and he was carrying one child and stooping to pick up the other small child.
When English spotted the man and children, he says remembered seeing a news report about a missing man and children and acted on a gut instinct to call 911.
Troopers were dispatched to the scene where they found Mann and his two children. Mann was said to have been suffering from a mental condition. The children were unharmed.
Authorities believe Mann and the children spent the night in the woods. Mann was taken to a mental facility for evaluation and the children were evaluated and released to their mother.