RumorFix can confirm that Buckwild star Shain Gandee was found dead early Monday morning in Sissonville, West Virginia.
The 21-year-old MTV reality star’s family conducted an intense 30-hour search before authorities found Gandee and two other bodies in a vehicle.
The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department says Gandee and his uncle, 48-year-old David Gandee,were last seen at Larry’s Bar at 3 a.m. Sunday in Sissonville where they told friends that they had planned to go four-wheeling.
MTV also released a statement to RumorFix, saying, “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.”
UPDATE: 3 p.m. PT. The sheriff’s department reports there is no reason to suspect foul play. They say they found Shain’s Bronco “unevenly, but upright, and was partially submerged in deep mud.” This could validate rumors of carbon monoxide poisoning, because the sheriff’s department says the muffler was “completely below the surface of the mud” which could mean the fumes couldn’t escape.
An autopsy is pending.