UPDATE: Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department Corporal Brian Humphreys confirmed to MTV News that the bodies of Shain Gandee, 21 and his uncle, David Gandee, 48, were discovered on Monday (April 1) morning, along with that of a third, as yet unidentified person.
At press time, Humphreys said that there is “no reason” to believe that foul play was a factor in their deaths. He could not confirm reports that the vehicle was found submerged in water or overturned. Corporal Humphreys described the scene as being very remote and inaccessible by police vehicles, with investigators forced to use ATV’s to gain access to the site. “The medical examiner’s office will determine the cause of death and they will release that information,” he added. Humphreys also noted that there did not appear to be signs of any other vehicles in the area.
A spokesperson for the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner could not be reached for comment at press time.
ORIGINAL REPORT: Shain Gandee, one of the stars of MTV’s “Buckwild,” has died. He was 21 years old.
The Kanawha County commissioner confirmed to MTV News that Gandee’s body was discovered in a vehicle along with two others in Sissonville, West Virginia, on Monday (April 1) morning. Gandee had been reported missing this weekend, having last been seen with his uncle David Gandee around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, when they told patrons at a bar that they were going off-roading in Shain’s Ford Bronco.
Police have identified a second body inside the vehicle as David Gandee’s, while a third victim remains unidentified. According to local reports, officers with the sheriff’s department were using all-terrain vehicles to access the area where the vehicle was discovered, roughly a mile up a dirt road near Wolf Pen Drive in Sissonville. Details of the cause of death were not known at press time, though authorities say foul play was not suspected.
Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper confirmed to MTV News that Shain’s body was found Monday morning after three “code blacks” were called in; code black refers to fatalities. “It’s a very sad day for this county,” Carper said. “This is a small place and just about everyone in this community knows everybody.”“Buckwild” fans mourn Shain Gandee’s death.
A spokesperson for MTV said in a statement, “We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee, and those involved in this tragic incident. We are waiting for more information but at this time, our main concern is for the Gandee family and their friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Shain had a magnetic personality, with a passion for life that touched everyone he met and we will miss him dearly.”
Shain Gandee was one of the most popular castmembers on “Buckwild,” earning the nickname “Gandee Candy” for his wild stunts and sunny disposition. A second season of the show had recently been given the green light.
More on this story as it develops.