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Police are looking for a missing truck driver. Lawrence Muirhead's truck was found abandoned in a parking lot at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Antioch Road. Muirhead was driving from Franklin, PA, to hisMore >
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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -
A body found stuffed in a freezer has been identified as a missing Arizona truck driver, police said.
On Thursday, Kansas City, KS, police identified the man as 53-year-old Lawrence P. Muirhead, of Tucson. He had been missing since Sept. 28.
Police said his death is considered a homicide. Investigators haven't said how he died, but Muirhead's family in Arizona said they were notified that he was shot in the head.
KCTV5 spoke to the victim's heartbroken mother via phone. She said the entire family is gathering in Arizona as they wait to hear from detectives.
"It's totally horrible," she said. "We want to know who did this."
Muirhead's truck was found abandoned in a parking lot at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Antioch Road in Merriam on Oct. 4.
He was driving from Franklin, PA, to Arizona. He was expected to arrive in Nogales, AZ, but he never made it.
Officers discovered his frozen body Sunday inside a detached garage behind a home in the 1800 block of New Jersey Avenue.
KCTV5's Sandra Olivas spoke to the property owners who said they currently rent the home to a woman and her daughter. That renter found the body in the freezer and notified police.
According to the property owner, he spoke to his tenant, who told him that someone she knew asked to leave the locked freezer inside her garage. He said she recounted this happened in October.
The landlord said the woman apparently recently used a shovel to break the freezer open, and then made the grisly discovery.
"I own the house, but I have no knowledge of the freezer," Don Moore told KCTV5.
He said the man who allegedly placed the freezer in the garage is hospitalized and is battling terminal cancer.
Muirhead's 89-year-old mother told KCTV5 that she last spoke with her son on Sept. 27. Because of the ongoing nature of the case, the woman asked not to be identified by name.
"However, his wife talked to him on the 28th. He said on the phone, 'I'm around Kansas City in a heavy traffic situation, so I will call you later.' And that was the time she ever talked to him," she said.
In his voice, she said she didn't hear any tension or reason he was in danger.
"Totally normal," she said. "We know nobody who was threatening him. But obviously there was something, and we don't know, but we want to know. Somebody did him in, and we don't know why."
Muirhead's murder remains under investigation by the KCK Police Department's Major Case Unit.
Anyone with information regarding the homicide is urged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
The grieving mother pleaded for tips.
"Please help us find out who did this. That's the message," she said.
She said her son was a body builder who won Mr. Arizona. She said his goal was to own a trucking company.
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