Branford and state police are treating as an apparent homicide the “supicious death” of a man whose body was found Friday morning in an empty Allied Van Li
nes moving truck at the TA Travel Center truck stop off Interstate 95’s Exit 56, police said.
Police late Friday identified the man as Dale Lynn Anderson, 47, last of Redlands, Calif. Lt. Geoffrey Morgan said blood was found in the back of the bright orange truck’s trailer and the victim had sustained head injuries.
Late Friday afternoon, town police, assisted by the state police Major Crime Squad and the New Haven state’s attorney’s office, released photos of a â€�person of interest” known only as “Mike,” taken from truck stop surveillance videos. Anyone who has information is asked to call police at 481-4241 or the department’s anonymous tip line at 315-3909.
A spokeswoman for Emrick’s Van & Storage, the Oklahoma Allied Van Lines agent that owns the trailer, said the victim might be a former employee who had encountered the truck in Branford and asked to sleep overnight in the trailer while the driver was stopped at the truck stop waiting to be hooked up with a moving job to pay his way home. Police have not confirmed that.
The driver, an Oklahoma man who owns the cab but not the trailer, has cooperated with police and told them he saw the victim a day or two earlier and thought he had left, but discovered the body when he checked inside the truck Friday morning, Morgan said.
Police have yet to release the driver’s name but he coul
d be seen Friday afternoon walking around the truck and the TA parking lot with investigators, within a 200-foot swath around the truck that had been blocked off with yellow crime scene tape. The truck has been parked at the truck stop sinc e Wednesday, Morgan said.
“It is an apparent homicide,” he said. “It appears to be something more than just suspicious at this point.”