Here are a couple of stories concerning two of Missouri’s most infamous hitchhikers.
Highway 36 Hannibal, Mo
They appear on US Highway 36 between Hannibal and Springfield, Illinois. In the 1950’s, a young couple were on their way to their senior prom when they’re car broke down on the side of the highway. They apparently decided to walk to a nearby service station, but were hit and killed from passing vehicle. Truckers often see a vintage 1950’s car broke down on the side of the road and a young couple walking not too far ahead. When the trucker looks back in the mirror at them, they simply vanish. Hundreds of truckers and probably many more drivers have seen them. They are always on the same stretch of roadway and have been known to switch sides in the blink of an eye.
Highway 100 Villa Ridge, Mo
He walks the west side of old Highway 100 from the city of Washington to Villa Ridge, wearing a hike pack. If you pick him up, he will talk to you and ask to be taken to the truck stop a few miles up the road. (Tri-County Truck Stop – The old Diamond Inn.) When you get near the stop, he disappears. The legend goes that he was killed by someone who picked him up. All he wants to do is get to the truck stop, but can’t. The spot he disappears is also rumored to be where he died.