The missing man is 43-year-old Steven Marchi. The Georgia man went missing on Aug. 12, 2011.
The truck was found 850 miles away from where he was last seen.
According to the “Missing Steven Marchi” Facebook page created by friends, Marchi was last seen leaving his apartment at Buford Highway and North Druid Hills in Atlanta, Ga. He left with his wallet and was driving a green Dodge Ram truck with a matching camper and Illinois license plates.
Hunter’s Towing and Recovery driver Dallas Davis said the vehicle was impounded from the Walmart parking lot over a month ago.
“I picked up the vehicle,” he said. “Employees at Walmart informed me that it had been there for a couple of weeks before I was called.”
Per policy, he said he informed the correct authorities within the one-hour time frame upon pick up of the abandoned vehicle.
Missing Loved Ones representative Angela Montgomery said Friends of Marchi received a certified letter on Nov. 12 that the vehicle had been impounded and had been sitting in the lot for about a month. She said Marchi had listed friends in Illinois as the contact address for his vehicle registration.
“I received a phone call on (Nov. 12),” Georgia investigator Lieutenant Jerry Lewis said. “His friend in Illinois received multiple notices from the towing company that the vehicle was impounded and finally decided to open the letters. They called us. We followed up with the investigators in Gainesville.”
Gainesville Police Chief Steve Fleming said that the Gainesville Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding the vehicle and working with Georgia authorities who have been assigned to this missing persons case.
“This is an ongoing investigation,” Fleming said.
The Facebook page states that Marchi was a musician, but also a masseur, so friends worry that he may have gone to a client’s home and something bad could have happened.
Lewis said there were no signs of foul play.
Montgomery said Marchi informed his roommate at 8 p.m. on Aug. 12 he was going to run a few errands and would return.
According to a story in the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch, “Marchi told his roommate Jeffrey Powell he was going out for a bit and never returned, but friends say Marchi took nothing to indicate he was leaving for long. His cell phone and guitar, which he took everywhere, were left in his bedroom.”
The story also stated that the guitar was Marchi’s most valuable possession and he took it everywhere.
According to reports, Marchi is a Caucasian male who is six feet tall, 180 lbs., with a medium build and brown wavy hair.
DeKalb County authorities are asking anyone who has any information about the missing man to call (770) 724-7710.