Case File: 1906UMPA
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At around 4am on September 3, 1986, an unidentified male, possibly a drifter, who may have been hitchhiking, was struck and killed by a tractor trailer truck while he was standing in the eastbound lane of Interstate 70, about 1/2 mile west of Route 51, in Rostraver Township, Pennsylvania.
In the investigation that followed, it was found that truckers had seen the man on the eastbound lane and were warning each other by CB to look out for him, but the trucker who hit him had no CB in his truck. When he saw something in front of him, he attempted to swerve to the right, but didn't have the time to avoid the impact.
The victim was found to have been legally intoxicated at the time he was hit. He apparently had spent some time in a bar in West Newton. A woman who had been at the bar told police that the man told her that he had worked with horses in New Jersey. Another bar patron said that the man's name was Sam.
The Council of Three Rivers Indian Center contacted American Indian tribes in Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico and newspapers in those states ran stories about the man, but nobody came forward with information as to who he might be.
Authorities contacted race tracks in New Jersey but, again, nobody came forward. His fingerprints were run through NCIC, but there were no hits.
The man was buried in an unmarked grave on December 5, 1986 at the Twin Valley Memorial Park in Delmont. The grave and vault were donated by the cemetery, the casket was provided by an anonymous donor.
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Last Updated: 2/28/13 - By: DD / Hot Case Coordinator