UPDATE: We have just learned that Bryan Van Hooser has been found and is safe. We will bring you more information as soon as it’s available. Thank you all for taking the time to help search for a fellow driver.
From the W.N. Morehouse facebook page: “Update: Bryan has been found and he is just fine. He wants to thank everyone for being concerned.”
Police have entered a missing 35-year-old man from Rock Falls into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System and believe he may be in Kane or DeKalb counties.
Fifteen-year trucking veteran Bryan Van Hooser was supposed to be heading to pick up his truck that was filled with frozen meat to deliver to Chicago early Tuesday, but never made it to work and no one has heard from him since, police said.
According to Saukvalley.com “Bryan bought his own semitrailer more than a month ago. When he left home about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, [Bryan’s wife Wendy] thought he was on his way to a business park where he parks it.”
Wendy Van Hooser told police her husband had recently told her he wanted to get out of trucking and that after a long discussion, Wendy persuaded Bryan to head to work.
He’s always been a loner, Wendy told Saukvalley.com. “He’s had some problems in the past, issues with his own life. For the most part, he was doing good.”
Later that day, Wendy’s mom drove by where Van Hooser’s truck was parked and noticed it was still parked, so Wendy tried phoning her husband.
“Van Hooser’s wife, Mindy, called police about 4:17 p.m. Tuesday and said she was worried about her husband, who made troubling comments to her earlier that afternoon. His didn’t go to work that day, which was ‘highly unusual,’ and his cellphone was found in his house,” Saukvalley.com reported.
Police say he may also be headed to South Dakota, Wyoming or Nebraska.
Van Hooser is 5 feet 7 inches tall, 160 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes driving a 2005 blue Chevrolet Trailblazer with a Green Bay Packers trailer hitch and license plate 661-5431.
Anyone with information is asked to email [email protected] or call police at 815-622-1140 or Crime Stoppers at 815-625-7867.