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Margarine still missing after truck found

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a thief who slipped away with $50,000 worth of margarine remains at large even though the truck that carried the payload has been recovered.

The trailer was parked awaiting delivery to a Target warehouse in Cedar Falls when it was stolen Dec. 10 from a parking lot near Waterloo. It was found Dec. 15 in a parking lot more than 500 miles away in Fowler, Mich.

But the thief and the margarine are nowhere to be found.

Waterloo police Capt. Rick Abben says the theft was the latest in a series of semitrailer thefts in the area during the past 18 months.

He says the others included a trailer filled with beef jerky, one loaded with dog food and one carrying dental hygiene products.

Jury rejects claims in fatal crash lawsuit

Dorothy Mullican sat on a courthouse bench and cried Thursday after losing a five-year legal battle to hold someone responsible for her son’s death.

Mullican’s son, Daren Lafayette, 19, was working on a road crew on Sept. 12, 2006, when a truck began rolling downhill toward a car that had two people inside. Lafayette chased down the truck and climbed inside, but could not stop it before it careened over an embankment and exploded.

A Spokane County Superior Court jury absolved the general contractor, N.A. Degerstrom, a brake manufacturer and the worker who installed the brake on the truck.

Read the rest of Tom Clouse's story here.

Past coverage:

June 1: Fatal runaway truck case in hands of jury

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