Trucker Explains His Side Of Story After Kansas Teen Found Dead In His Truck
Kansas City, Kansas – The trucker who paid Kansas teen Jasmine Mills to clean his big rig before she went missing last week has told his side of the story to police.
As Transportation Nation Network reported earlier this week, the body of 17-year-old Kansas teen, Jasmine Mills, was located in a tractor-trailer on Saturday after being reported missing by her mother the day before.
Mills’ family told police the teen was paid by an acquaintance, who is a trucker, to clean out his big rig on Thursday.
She accepted odd jobs frequently while trying to save money, and “she pretty much looked at him like a dad or grandpa kind of figure,” according to Deanna Peters, Mills’ mother.
Kansas4KC reported the trucker admitted to police he paid Mills to clean his semi-truck.
He asked her to wake him at 4 a.m. Thursday to begin cleaning the truck.
Mills and her 16-year-old sister awoke him when they arrived to begin the job, and he went back to sleep, according to the report.
The trucker, whose identity is still not being disclosed, allegedly told police when he awoke, he found Mills dead.
Kansas4KC confirmed the trucker then drove (with Mills’ dead body in the truck) to Denver to pick up a load.
He spent the night in Colorado and returned to Kansas City the next day.
When he returned, a concerned friend of the trucker called police with a tip of where to find the missing teen.
Mills’ body was found on Saturday in the truck on the 1100 block of South 12th Street in the Argentine neighborhood.
A Different Story
The truck driver’s story contradicts claims from Mills’ godmother, Kacee Knedlik.
She told KCTV in a television interview that the truck driver called her (Jasmine) to come back after she returned from the job and said she forgot to take out the trash.
Mills returned to the truck alone, according to Knedlik.
She never returned home.
She was reported missing on Friday.
Transportation Nation Network viewed the police report from the incident, but it doesn’t provide much information or clarity where the body was actually located.
Preliminary Autopsy Report Reveals No External Injuries
A preliminary autopsy on the teen’s body reveals she didn’t suffer any external injuries.
Final results are pending on the official cause of death, but police have not ruled out the possibility of a drug overdose.
Investigators are awaiting a toxicology report.
No criminal charges have been filed as the investigation continues.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to keep you updated on this story.