Body of trucker missing since Nov. found; no foul play suspected

Updated Apr 28, 2024
Missing trucker David Schultz and his two sons in front of his truck
David Schultz and his two son
Schultz family photo

David SchultzDavid SchultzFamily photoThe body of a trucker missing since late last November was found Wednesday, April 24 in an Iowa farm field about a mile and a half from where his tractor-trailer was found abandoned.

Iowa officials identified the body as that of David Schultz, the 53-year-old trucker who went missing Nov. 21 after picking up a load of pigs. His loaded truck was found parked with his phone and wallet in the cab, and his jacket on the roadside.

A statement from the Iowa State Medical Examiner said shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday , the Sac County Sheriff's Office received a call from an individual who reported he discovered a body in his field. 

The body was found near the intersection where Schultz's tractor-trailer was located. The body was transported to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner for a forensic autopsy, which used dental records to make a positive identification.

A statement from the medical examiner's office said preliminary autopsy results show no signs of trauma or serious injury. Further autopsy test results are pending. 

Authorities do not suspect foul play in the death of Schultz, according to the medical examiner.

Schultz left his home in Wall Lake the night of Nov. 20 to pick up a load of pigs in Eagle Grove. He was expected to deliver the pigs the next morning to a facility in Sac City, but he did not arrive, and could not be reached by phone.

More than 250 volunteers searched more than 100,000 acres in the days after Schultz disappeared.