A Hero’s Truck Stolen! Please Help
One of the heros who stopped the lightning fires as the devoured land near Hwy 36, Jackie (she prefers not to give her last name,) needs your help. The “60 plus year-old woman,” who was part of group of volunteers that beat back the fire from crossing Hwy 36 this summer (read that incredible story here) snowshoed two hours out of the hills yesterday only to discover that her pickup was stolen.
Jackie lives deep in rural Trinity County and, in the winter, must snowshoe from her remote cabin into town to get supplies every few weeks. She leaves her pickup at a home about four miles east of Mad River on Hwy 36. Yesterday, she arrived in the cold to where she parked her pickup only to find it was gone!
Jackie described the situation in an email,
For 40 years I have been parking my truck at a house on 36 so that I have it to drive when I snowshoe out in the winter months…[Y]esterday on 1/15/16, I snow-shoed out the 2 hour hike, only to find my truck was not there—total anguish and horror…I bought this truck new in 1987 and have taken good care of it all these years. [I]t is my love, my old friend, part of my life line…[It] allows me to live where I live and commute to work daily in the summers months…I can not afford to replace it…PLEASE! I’m begging YOU who ever has stolen my truck, PLEASE , PLEASE return it to the spot you took it from or leave it some where obvious that I can find it… I need it, as much as you do, if not more so.
Please keep a lookout for a tan 1987 Toyota king cab 4×4 pickup, white camper shell, new Cooper tires, new engine, some rust spots on the bed, a new tailgate without the Toyota name on it. License plate# 3K69819. Because there is glass on the ground where the truck was parked, it is believed that a window may be broken. The truck disappeared sometime between January 1 and January 15.
Folks, this woman was there for the community this summer. She beat back flames and started backfires along Hwy 36. People who know the situation credit her and the team she was with for saving homes and maybe even lives. Please give back to the giver and look extra hard for this vehicle. Maybe print out a copy of the photo and leave it in your car so you’ll know if you spot it? Maybe copy down the license plate number and look for its match?
If you have any information, please contact the California Highway Patrol at 707-268-2000.