Missing truck drive found safe

Published 9:12 pm Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Selma truck driver reported missing in Birmingham last week has been found safe.

Lt. Sean Edwards, a public information officer with the Birmingham Police Department, said 55-year-old Robert McLeroy was found safe Thursday morning.

McLeroy, a truck driver for Cosby-Carmichael Inc., was reported missing last Wednesday morning after making a delivery at American Cast Iron Pipe around 3 a.m.

His truck was found abandoned nearby just over a mile away locked up with his cell phone inside near the Finley Boulevard exit off of Interstate 65.

Edwards said McLeroy went missing on his own accord.

“Unfortunately, this happens to a lot of families, and it’s our hope and prayer he gets some help,” Edwards said. “I’m glad it turned out the way it turned out. A lot of times we get people out there who have been injured or hurt, so we’re thankful that he was located and he is in good health.”

Gwyn McLeroy Faircloth, Robert’s sister, said she got the news he was found safe Thursday morning, but she had not spoken to him yet. She said she is just glad he is okay.

“I’m thankful,” she said. “I’m thankful for all the prayers, for everybody that shared on Facebook through social media.”

She said she has not been told where he was or what he has been doing since he went missing.

She added that someone was supposed to pick him up Thursday and bring him back to Selma.

“I know my mother will most likely be the first one to go [see him], and I’m sure in time that my sister and I will also go,” she said.

The Birmingham Police Department has not released any other details on McLeroy’s case. He has worked as Cosby-Carmichael for around a year.