It's that moment when you heart drops into your stomach, you never expect it and you don't see it coming. My heart goes out to the wife of taxi cab driver James Wells whose body was found in a burned minivan.
“I’m still expecting him to come home,” Malibu Wells said through tears. “Every time I see a Marshall cab I get excited, ‘it’s him, he’s coming home. This is a dream.’ But he’s not coming home.” “I’m still expecting him to come home,” Malibu Wells said.
Wells said she cannot understand why someone would harm the man she knew as a gentle giant. Her husband, a Navy veteran, had no enemies she said. He did not owe anyone any money.
“He was one of the most incredible men you’d ever want to meet. He’d give you the shirt off his back. If you were down, he’d try anything to make you laugh,” she said. “He did not deserve this. Nobody deserves this.”
Malibu Wells said she last saw her husband seven hours earlier when he came home to grab an energy drink. During that quick stop, she said James got a call from his boss to pick up a passenger. “I didn’t get to kiss him goodbye because he was in a rush,” she said. “I just told him ‘I love you, bye.’ That’s the last I saw him.” She said James likely did not pull over in Hanover to sleep. She said he was used to his 12-hour overnight shift as a cab driver, a job he’d done off and on for three years. Malibu and James were 10 days away from celebrating their sixth wedding anniversary.
Police say he left Hopewell around 12:30 a.m. on August 9, driving a gray 2004 Chevrolet minivan owned by his employer, Marshall Cab. The van had decals with white lettering on the sides and rear which spelled "Marshall Cab L.L.C."
Evidence suggests that Wells arrived in the area of Cold Harbor Road and Stonewall Parkway in the Mechanicsville area of Hanover County later that morning.
Police are asking anyone who may have seen Wells or the cab he was driving on Friday, August 8 or August 9 to call the Hanover County Sheriff's Office at 804-365-6140 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.
If it was someone in your family, you would want to know. So let's help this family with whatever information you might have. No one deserves this!
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