Devin Williams

Devin Williams

Devin Williams

A trucker mysteriously disappears in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest.

It was Memorial Day weekend, 1995.  Arizona’s Tonto National Forest was a popular getaway for families and campers.   The last thing anyone would have expected to see was a ten-ton semi truck crashing through the woods.  The driver of the truck was Devin Williams, a 29 year old father of three.

Two campers had a frighteningly close experience as Devin’s 18 wheeler barreled towards their SUV.  Lynn Yarrington was an eye witness:

“There was no expression on his face at all.  He didn’t attempt to slow down or look over to see if they needed help or anything, he just kept on going.”

Later that day another eye-witness, Charles Hall, came upon the 18 wheeler stalled in a field.  Hall recalls the trucker’s last words being, “I’m going to jail.”

“I envisioned a hostage situation, a hijacking, kidnapping, whatever.  A jail break, maybe, and someone had a gun on someone in the cab.  He made no effort to keep us there, no effort to ask for help, do anything for him.” 

Late Sunday afternoon, Deputy Dean Wells followed up on a report that a 48 foot semi was stranded in the forest.  When Deputy Wells arrived on the scene he found the truck’s cargo to be completely intact.  The driver was nowhere to be found and when he checked the National Crime Computer, there was no record of either a missing truck or driver.

A witness talked to the driver

A witness talked to the driver

The inside of the cab appeared to be very clean and well maintained.  According to Deputy Wells, there was no reason to believe foul play was involved.

Devin Williams was a loving husband and the father of three.  By all accounts, he was not the type to dump a fully loaded rig in the middle of the forest.  However, the abandoned truck was indeed his.

Six days before his wild ride in the forest, Devin had left his home in Kansas and headed west.  It was a route he had taken many times.  After delivering his load in California, Devin checked in with his boss, Tom Wilson:

“Looking back, I can’t see anything out of the ordinary to make me suspect anything.  Everything indicated it was just a very normal trip in the time frame and that everything’s going real good.”

On Saturday evening, the day before his disappearance, Devin telephoned headquarters for the last time.  He complained of being unable to sleep, yet was determined to get back on the road.  By Sunday morning he was barreling through the woods of the Tonto National Forest, miles from any highway.  To this day, no one knows why, and none of the theories make sense.

Reports of Devin’s disoriented behavior and incoherence prompted suspicions that he was on drugs.  But according to Tom Wilson, that was not the case with Devin:

“We’d had no drug problem with him.  He had passed his drug tests and everything…”

Devin’s wife, Mary Lou Williams, is confident that something must have happened to her husband.  The young couple had recently purchased a house and, according to Mary Lou, were at the happiest point in their marriage.  It was unlike Devin to go off his route, let alone be that irrational.

If Devin Williams didn’t run off, where was he?  Foot patrols, canine searches and rescue teams all came up empty handed.  Hunters and hikers in the area never reported finding so much as a bone fragment or a scrap of clothing.


Nearly two years after Devin’s disappearance, hikers discovered a human skull, just a half mile from where he had last been seen.  Dental records confirmed the skull belonged to Devin Williams.  The cause of his death and his strange behavior is still an unsolved mystery.