When Shain Gandee was reported missing Sunday, his friends were apparently worried enough about the “Buckwild” star to go searching for him themselves. And according to the latest news released by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, it was one of those friends who eventually found the bodies of Gandee, his uncle David Gandee and Donald Robert Myers inside Shain’s Ford Bronco, partially submerged in mud.
Shain, 21, and David, 48, were previously identified by the sheriff’s office, but 27-year-old Myers has just been named; all three were from the Sissonville, West Virginia, area where “Buckwild” is filmed. According to a statement from the sheriff’s office to MTV News, Shain Gandee was in the driver’s seat of the Bronco, which had to be removed from a mud pit by a bulldozer, and the vehicle’s muffler was completely submerged in mud.
“Their bodies were removed from the vehicle and have been taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner,” the statement reads. “Autopsies will be performed to determine the cause of death.”
The area where the Bronco was found is nearly a mile along wooded trails from Shain Gandee’s home.
Gandee’s “Buckwild” castmates shared their reactions to the shocking news on social media. “My heart is broken,” Anna simply wrote, while Cara, Shain’s love interest on the show, felt the extreme loss: “This is the emptiest I’ve ever felt. Please pray for [Shain's parents] Dale and Loretta.”“Buckwild” fans mourn Shain Gandee.
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.”
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