Metro police yesterday arrested an Illinois truck driver who they suspect is a wanted serial killer involved in multiple truck stop homicides in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana and possibly elsewhere.
Bruce Mendenhall, 56 of Albion, Ill. was apprehended after Metro homicide detectives, working the June 26 Nashville murder case of Sara Nicole Hulbert, 25, of Ashland City, spotted a truck matching a description of one they were searching in connection to Hulbert’s death.
Upon following that truck back to the same North First Street Truck Stops of America where Hulbert’s body was found, homicide detectives Pat Postiglione and Lee Freeman identified themselves to the driver, Mendenhall, and began to question him about the murder that had occurred there last month.
“I noticed on the inside of the driver’s door there was several blood spots, and obviously that heightened our suspicions,” Postiglione said at a Thursday afternoon press conference. “I got inside the vehicle and I saw more evidence that I considered incriminating at that time. We stopped at that time and we felt very strongly that we were probably in the right truck.”
At that point police said they apprehended Mendenhall and transported him to police headquarters, where he admitted to being responsible for Hulbert’s death, police said.
During their formal arrest of Mendenhall, though, police said he also implicated himself in the June 6 murder of Symantha Winters, 48, of Nashville, whose body was found shot and left in a trash container at the Pilot Truck Stop in Lebanon.
Mendenhall then went on to admit to one homicide in Georgia, one in Alabama and two in Indiana, police said.
Asked if he believes Mendenhall will eventually come forward about additional unsolved murders, Postiglione said, “I would say that’s probably a really good possibility.”
Postiglione said police and even federal authorities were unaware of the scope of their suspect’s alleged killing spree.