A 52-year-old truck driver found stabbed to death early Tuesday in Sumner might have argued with somebody earlier in the night, police said Wednesday.
An employee of the truck stop in the 2300 block of 136th Avenue East found Piotr Pietrzykowski in the cab of his tractor-trailer truck about 5:30 a.m.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner said he died of multiple stab wounds to the chest.
Pietrzykowski is from Elgin, Illinois, and was passing through the area for work.
Detectives are following up on the possibility Pietrzykowski argued with someone Monday night. Police “do not believe this was a random act,” spokeswoman Carmen Palmer said.
No one has been arrested.
Investigators are sorting through trash, reviewing camera footage, interviewing other truck drivers and going through the victim’s truck.
Assisting are officers from Puyallup, Milton, Fife, Bonney Lake, Lakewood, Washingto State Patrol forensics and the county’s Crime Response Unit.
Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to call the Sumner Police Department’s tip line at 253-299-5678.
The nonprofit organization TruckersFinalMile is raising money to help get Pietrzykowski’s body home to his family. “People die every day, but truck drivers die thousands of miles from home,” CEO Robert Palm said.
Donations can be made at truckersfinalmile.org.
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653