Help sought in finding College Place trucker's next of kin

Oregon State Police found Paul Ivan Hepworth dead Wednesday of a possible heart attack, but have not been able to find his family.


MEACHAM, Ore. -- The Oregon State Police department is asking the public's help in locating family members of a commercial truck driver from College Place found dead from a possible heart attack in his truck on Interstate 84 near here.

The body of Paul Ivan Hepworth, 46, was found in the truck Wednesday morning, according to a news release. OSP is releasing Hepworth's name after exhausting all possible leads to find next of kin.

Emergency responders were dispatched about 6:20 a.m. to a report of a commercial truck and trailer blocking the right eastbound lane of Interstate 84 near mile post 237 with an unresponsive driver inside, according to OSP trooper Chelsea Adams. OSP and Umatilla Tribal Fire Department personnel arrived, gained entry inside the truck and pronounced Hepworth dead.

Adams learned that Hepworth started working for Harms Trucking out of Pasco more than a week ago and was last seen leaving Pendleton at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday transporting a fertilizer product. Hepworth may have a relative in the Spokane area.

Anyone with information to help locate next of kin is asked to contact Adams at 541-278-4090 ext. 4824.


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