The trucker missing since the end of June is thought to be heading to New York after hitching a ride with an Illinois State Trooper.
24-year-old truck driver Austin Jones was last seen by his family on June 26th, but it wasn’t until July 5th, when Jones’ truck was found abandoned at a Dixon, Illinois truck stop with all his belongings inside that his family began to think something strange was going on.
According to KWQC News, the family waited until July 9th to report Jones missing, and that’s when police began the investigation. Officers quickly discovered that Jones had hitched a ride with an unknowing Illinois State Trooper, disclosing to the Trooper that he was heading for New York, though he did not specify exactly where.
Jones is described as a 24 year old Caucasian man with brown hair, brown eyes. He stands 5’ 5” tall and weighs 141 pounds with a medium build.
The sheriff’s office in Wayne County, Kentucky is asking anyone with information about Jones to contact them at (606) 348-5416, and his family is offering a $25,000 to anyone with information that could lead to his return.