Walter “Butch” Blueher, 50, of Indiana, was found dead in his semi-trailer in Clark County late Monday evening after dropping off a shipment at an industrial park in Green Twp.
Here are three things to know about Blueher and the ongoing investigation.
1. A late evening discovery
According to a statement from Blueher’s employer, Scott McDaniel Trucking, based out of Terra Haute, Ind., Blueher arrived at Lineage Logistics, located at 1985 Airpark Drive in Springfield, late Sunday night and went off the clock at 12:31 a.m. Monday. Blueher was discovered dead in his semi-trailer at 8:43 p.m. Monday by employees of Lineage.
2. Contact with parent company lost
Scott McDaniel, the owner and Blueher’s former brother-in-law, said he last spoke with Blueher about 10 p.m. Sunday, but became suspicious when he didn’t hear from the man by noon the following day.
“I knew that there was something wrong when I couldn’t get a hold of him because we’ll talk two or three times a day,” McDaniel said.
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McDaniel contacted authorities in both Indiana and Ohio regarding the man’s whereabouts, but then got the call regarding his death late Monday night. He said it appears Blueher died of natural causes.
3. “The guy just loved life.”
McDaniel said Blueher was a much beloved member of his family and was very giving. He said Blueher loved driving his truck but was looking forward to spending time with his family for Thanksgiving.
“This man had a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody or any child without a doubt,” McDaniel said. “Super, super human being.”
He said Blueher’s family is hanging in there and making preparations for his funeral.
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