The search for David Schultz, a 53-year-old truck driver who vanished under mysterious circumstances while transporting piglets in Iowa, has entered its 16th day, leaving local and state officials perplexed. Schultz was reported missing on November 21, sparking a multi-agency manhunt that has captured the state’s attention.
The Sac County Sheriff’s Office, leading the investigation along with two other law enforcement agencies, reported finding Schultz’s red semi abandoned along a rural highway in northwest Iowa. The truck, intriguingly, was still filled with the baby pigs he was supposed to deliver to Sac City, approximately 110 miles from Des Moines, the state’s capital.
“He never made it to his destination,” wrote Emily Bogue, Schultz’s sister-in-law, in a Facebook post that has since stirred widespread concern.
Darrell Simmons, a spokesperson for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, confirmed that Schultz remains missing. The Lake View Police Department is also actively involved in the search efforts.
In a development that deepens the mystery, authorities located Schultz’s truck on U.S. Highway 71, about 5 miles north of U.S. Highway 20. The circumstances under which the truck was abandoned have fueled speculation and concern among the public and Schultz’s family.
Described as a dedicated family man, Schultz’s disappearance has left his loved ones in distress. He is a married father of twin boys, and his devotion to his family is well-known. “This is not something David would do,” Sarah Bogue Schultz, reportedly told the Sioux City Journal. “He would never leave. His family is his life.”
His wife’s plea on Facebook for his safe return echoes the family’s desperation. “Please pray for his safe return,” she implored, urging those in the Sac County area to stay vigilant.
Adding to the search efforts, the United Cajun Navy, a non-profit organization known for its search and rescue operations, reported that the search area has spanned over 100,000 acres around the location where Schultz’s truck was discovered.
Despite exhaustive efforts, the United Cajun Navy shared a disheartening update on Facebook: “Unfortunately we did not find the answers we are all hoping and praying for so much. We feel we may have exhausted any potential search locations in the area.”
The case has baffled authorities and captivated public interest, turning Schultz’s disappearance into a perplexing puzzle. As the search continues, officials urge anyone with information about Schultz’s whereabouts to contact (712) 662-7127, hoping for a breakthrough in this enigmatic case.