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    TX - SILVER ALERT: Eliga Ray Ferguson, 56, Palmer, 3 Dec 2013

    Palmer police have issued a silver alert for missing Lufkin, TX, truck driver Eliga Ray Ferguson Jnr, 56.

    Ray was driving a load from Houston to Dallas, stopped in Palmer, and vanished on Dec 3rd. His 18 wheeler tractor trailer was found with the engine still running and a half eaten banana inside.


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    Newlywed 81-year-old, legally blind millionaire with bad knees disappears without his car, money, keys or glasses in CA. Daughters hope he'll show up.


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    Photo provided by Ray's daughter in law.

    http://www.ktre.com/story/24196837/s...n-truck-driver


    Anyone with any information should call

    Palmer PD on (972) 449-3271

    Angelina Sheriff's Office on (936) 634-3331
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    Oh no. Just saw he was talking to his wife and the call was suddenly cut off. And the trailer was empty. I wonder if the load was a valuable one?
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    Sharing this just so people know there is a FACEBOOK PAGE for missing truck drivers from across the US.

    His case was added and being shared:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Missi...41127269254698
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    I guess something made him stop and pull over suddenly. If it was while he was on the phone to his wife you'd think he'd mention something though ("hey there's a car in trouble here, I'll call you back" or something). Unless he just lost his signal and then something else happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ransom View Post
    Sharing this just so people know there is a FACEBOOK PAGE for missing truck drivers from across the US.

    His case was added and being shared:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Missi...41127269254698
    Thanks Ransom, that is really useful but worrying - why in the heck are so many truckers going missing?

    I see on the FB there is yet another person who thinks you have to wait 48 hours before reporting a person missing. Sigh.
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    Ray must have an added vulnerability for the issue of the silvert alert, otherwise he doesn't qualify. I wonder if the age of 56 is correct in the media? He looks a little older to me.

    http://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/Operati...rtCriteria.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by zwiebel View Post
    Ray must have an added vulnerability for the issue of the silvert alert, otherwise he doesn't qualify. I wonder if the age of 56 is correct in the media? He looks a little older to me.

    http://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/Operati...rtCriteria.htm
    really odd too that the Texas Alert (twitter) doesn't have him listed at all. They are really good getting alerts to twitter.

    https://twitter.com/TX_Alerts
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    Quote Originally Posted by zwiebel View Post
    Thanks Ransom, that is really useful but worrying - why in the heck are so many truckers going missing?
    I see on the FB there is yet another person who thinks you have to wait 48 hours before reporting a person missing. Sigh.
    It's easy money...I work for a major distribution company and we have had our trailers stolen off the lots of another trucking company who was supposed to deliver our goods, they've been stolen off of the lots at truck stops and at restaurants. The worst one was when 4 truck drivers broke onto the trucking company's lot, hooked up to 4 of our trailers, rammed through the gate and took off with all 4 fully loaded trailers worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. One of our trailers was found in West Virginia up in the woods and another trailer had already been painted, covering up the logo. The thieves who have hit us are not stupid. They seem to know which trucking companies are hauling our goods exclusively. A lone trucker is an easy target, especially if he's pulling a trailer that doesn't have a massive logo on it. Once the thieves park the trailer, they can unload the goods with a forklift in a matter of minutes. My father in law is a trucker and I worry about him all the time. I pray Eliga doesn't end up like the trucker they found in somebody's back yard a few years ago.
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    It seems it isn't even known if Palmer PD have asked Texas Equusearch for help yet. He is not on their website yet. What a shame. They're the best.

    I saw Hal Ticknor on there. I so hoped he would be found. His case was so sad.

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    From this, it looks like a family member can file the report as long as they have the case number, but Police must give their permission for TE's involvement??

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    missing Lufkin truck driver
    By Gary Bass

    Updated: 12/11/2013 4:52 pm EST

    A Silver Alert has been issued for a 56-year-old Lufkin man who went missing in Palmer on Dec. 3. The man's tractor-trailer was found empty with the engine still running.

    The Palmer Police Department confirmed that a Silver Alert was issued for Eliga Ray Ferguson Jr.

    According to an e-mail from his daughter-in-law, Natasha Meeks, Ferguson was on his way from Houston to drop off a load in Dallas when he stopped at a truck stop in Palmer. Meeks said Ferguson called his wife shortly after he stopped, and the call was cut off in the middle.

    "Please help us find him and get him back to our family for Christmas," Meeks said.

    When Ferguson's 18-wheeler was found, it was still running, Meeks said. In addition, there was a half-eaten banana in the truck's cab.

    Anyone with any information about Ferguson's whereabouts should call the Palmer Police Department at (972) 449-3271 or the Angelina County Sheriff's Office at (936) 634-3331.



    This is very odd. As far as i know they still have no leads on him.

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    Texas Department of Public Safety

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    Missing Person Details


    Date Picture Updated: 1/9/2014
    Eliga Ray Ferguson
    Name: Eliga Ray Ferguson
    AKA: Ray Ferguson
    Case Number: M1401003
    Case Type: Involuntary
    Last Seen in: Palmer (Ellis County)
    Last Seen on: 12/3/2013
    Height: 5' 08" Weight: 150 lbs.
    Date of Birth: 10/14/1957 Age Missing: 56
    Eye Color: Green Hair Color: Blonde
    Race: White Sex: Male
    State Missing From: Texas
    Country Missing From: USA

    Circumstances: Mr. Ferguson has a medium build and was last seen wearing a baseball cap, blue shirt with blue jeans. He is known to wear a goatee and mustache. Mr. Ferguson's tractor trailer was found empty with the engine running.




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    http://www.waxahachietx.com/midlothi...87ba9428f.html

    Rhonda Weisinger is still waiting for answers about what happened to her husband Eliga Ray Ferguson, who went missing a year ago today...

    Weisinger and Ferguson talked for about 90 minutes, she said. Ferguson informed his wife during the call that “people in black SUVs were searching my vehicle,” and he had “a gut feeling that he was going to jail,” she said...

    “For the longest, they told me that they had no leads and they were questioning his ex-wife, his kids and all of us. On Nov. 5 of this year, Steven Rayburn called me to let me know that Ranger (Adam) Sweaney out of Waxahachie had called him and told him they had found remains in the area where Ray went missing,” Weisinger said. “He said it would take three to six months before they would find out anything on DNA testing and that is all they knew. Steven said he had not been told that if it was a man, woman or if it was Ray or what. They would not even tell what personal effects were found with the body.”

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    Thanks Granny for the update. Here's an article from Nov 5 on the discovery.
    http://www.waxahachietx.com/news/ell...e15018e4b.html
    PALMER — The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating human remains found by hikers Sunday. Deputies were dispatched to a wooded area off of East Campus Road in Palmer.
    “I have no reason to believe that they are going to tie into any existing sheriff’s office cases,” Brearley said. “But until the remains are identified through DNA, then it is just a guess where it may come from.”

    There's only one truck stop in Palmer that I could find. Here's a map from there to East Campus Road.
    http://goo.gl/maps/2VmpW

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/show/23947
    Ray is listed in NamUs now. DNA is completed.

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