Police puzzled after finding missing Kentucky trucker’s rig found empty at Illinois truck stop

A 24 year old Kentucky trucker missing since June was reported found over the weekend.

After having been last seen by his family in late June, truck driver Austin Jones was reported “found” in New Jersey over the weekend, according to news station Lex18.

Jones’s aunt Shannon Downs told Lex18 that Jones was picked up by New Jersey police as he was walking down the road. Jones was reportedly taken to the hospital for treatment of severe dehydration.

Reports do not indicate why he wasn’t in contact with his family or why he left his truck at the truck stop in Dixon, Illinois.

Last week an Illinois State Trooper revealed that he gave Jones a ride and that Jones said that he was en route to New York.

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UPDATE (JULY 11, 2018) New reports about the Kentucky truck driver missing since June indicate that he was seen in Illinois and give investigators a clue as to where he might be headed.

Twenty-four year old truck driver Austin Jones, a resident of Monticello, has been missing since June 24 while he was driving for C.R. England. After Jones was reported missing, police discovered his truck at a truck stop in Dixon, Illinois, on July 5. All of his belongings were still inside the truck but there was no sign of Jones.

According to new reporting by KWQC, investigators with the Dixon Illinois Police Department say that Jones was given a ride by an Illinois State Trooper. Jones reportedly told the trooper that he was on his way to New York.

Jones’s family is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to his return. If you know anything about the missing driver, you’re asked to call the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department at 606-348-5416 or you can call 911.

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ORIGINAL (JULY 9, 2018) — Kentucky police are asking for help from the public in locating a missing 24 year old truck driver.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office received a missing person report about Monticello, Kentucky, resident Austin Jones, 24, on Friday, July 6, 2018. Jones is employed as a truck driver for C.R. England.

Police say that Jones has not been heard from by family members since June 24.

After the missing person’s report was filed, Illinois police found Jones’s truck at a Road Ranger truck stop in Dixon. Police say that his personal belongings were still inside the truck but that there was no trace of Jones.

Jones is described as a white male with brown hair, brown eyes, 5’ 5” tall, 141 pounds with a medium build.

Jones’s family is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to his safe return.

If you have any information about Jones, you’re asked to either call 911 or to contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at 606-348-5416.