Indianapolis man found dead at Petro truck stop


Effingham, IL-(Radio Effingham)- At approximately 6:00 p.m. on Saturday March 12, 2022, Effingham City Police and Abbott EMS received a call to check on the welfare of an individual at the Petro Truck Stop on West Fayette Ave. in Effingham, Illinois. Officers arrived and located the semi just east of the fuel islands. Officers discovered a deceased male in the driver’s seat of the tractor-trailer. The Effingham County Coroner’s Office was called at 6:30 p.m. to the scene.

The driver was identified as Von Thomas Ziegler, 52, of Indianapolis, Indiana. The investigation revealed that Mr. Ziegler had missed several phone calls in the past 12 hours.

Next of kin in San Diego, Calif., and Woodbridge, Va., have been notified by the coroner’s office. They informed that Von Ziegler had several medical issues. Medical records were requested from his attending physician in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Ziegler was transported to the HSHS St. Anthony morgue where Covid-19 and toxicology samples were taken by the coroner’s office.

It appears that the death was of natural causes, but the inquest is continuing by the coroner’s office.

To note: The Coroner’s Office would like to thank Ryan Becker of Effingham and Chris Gordon of Cowden. They spotted the driver who seemed unresponsive and called 911. Another example of “If you see anything out of the ordinary, To say something”.


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