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One year ago today, 18-year-old Jared Andrews Parks was found dead on Interstate 35/80 near the Beaver Avenue Bridge in Polk County, Iowa. He’d been run over by at least two semi tractor-trailers, and troopers believe a third truck may also have run over the teen.
Investigators never found Jared’s cell phone, and his wallet, earrings and tennis shoes were also missing.
Polk County Medical Examiner Dr. Gregory Schmunk said Jared died from blunt force trauma and that his injuries were consistent with being hit by a truck. The M.E. also stated there was no evidence indicating the teen was injured before the crash or jumped from the bridge.
The death has been ruled as suspicious.
Jared had graduated early from Urbandale High School but planned on participating in the upcoming commencement ceremony. He was an aspiring, well-liked young man who is remembered for his love of basketball and listening to music, particularly Lil’Wayne.
Chad and Tammy Parks believe someone knows what happened to their son, and have offered a $10,000 reward for information.