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Trucker found shot, burned in his truck in Detroit

The driver was identified as Michael Boeglin, 30, of Ferdinand, Indiana, according to Wayne County Medical Examiner Spokesperson Mary Mazur. (Photo courtesy: WXYZ Detroit)

By Aprille Hanson
The Trucker Staff


A truck driver was found shot and burned to death early Thursday in the cab of his truck, which had been set on fire, said Detroit Police Public Information Officer Sandra Whitfield.

Around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, fire department officials responded to Junction and McGraw Streets in Detroit, where the 18-wheeler was found engulfed in flames.

The driver was identified as Michael Boeglin, 30, of Ferdinand, Indiana, according to Wayne County Medical Examiner Spokesperson Mary Mazur. The cause of death was due to multiple gunshot wounds, not the fire, which appeared as “an effort to cover up the crime,” Mazur said.

Whitfield said Boeglin was shot twice. Mazur added that he had “apparent head trauma,” though she did not specify where he sustained the gunshot wounds. Police did not reveal if the driver’s death was the result of a robbery. 

Whitfield said she did not know details about the location where the truck was found other than there are “houses on the block.”

Boeglin’s body was found lying inside the truck cab, and had been burned beyond recognition, Mazur said. He was pronounced dead at the scene and was identified through dental records on Thursday, Mazur said.

Shell casings were found at the scene and police are investigating the case as a homicide, Whitfield said.

Boeglin worked for Mawson & Mawson Incorporated out of Langhorne, Pennsylvania. A Mawson & Mawson official designated to speak about Boeglin was out of the office on Friday, a company employee told The Trucker.

Boeglin had a load bound for the ThyssenKrupp Steel North America Inc. facility in Detroit when he was killed. ThyssenKrupp did not return calls from The Trucker as of Friday afternoon, but released this statement to Fox 2 in Detroit:

“We are aware that a semi-truck on its way to our facility was attacked outside of the plant premises in Detroit on Thursday, June 26. Our deepest sympathies go out to the victim's family, friends and colleagues. Although this incident did not occur on ThyssenKrupp's property, we are cooperating with city officials and law enforcement investigation teams. The safety of our employees, suppliers and customers is of the highest importance to ThyssenKrupp Materials NA Inc. Following this shocking and tragic incident, we are proactively reaching out to our suppliers and employees to heighten their awareness of their personal safety and security at all times, specifically in the area surrounding our Detroit facility.”

Various media outlets reported that Boeglin’s wife, Ashley, is pregnant and that her husband was anxious to get home to help work on their unborn child’s nursery.

According to Fox 2, this message was posted on her Facebook page:

“I would like to say thank you to everyone for your prayers. Please continue with them but please be sure to pray for Mike. I know that nothing in life can ever prepare a person for anything like this to happen. I am very appreciative to have such a loving and supportive family and friends and I know Mike would feel the same way. I don’t know what God has planned for me and the baby but I do know that Mike said he would never ask anything of me that he wasn’t sure that I could handle, even if I didn’t have the faith in myself. And I know that he will continue to look down and provide guidance and protection for the baby and I because to Mike, family was the most important thing. This world has been unjustly and untimely robbed of a superior individual. My time with my husband on this Earth may have been cut short but I know we will be again together one day. Again a huge thankyou to everyone and please continue to send prayers to Mike; his journey home is not yet done even though he is with God tonight.”

The Trucker newspaper will provide updates as they come available.

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