5 NEWS UPDATE: 'Buckwild' Star Shain Gandee Found Dead in Sissonville
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on April 01, 2013 @ 6:33PM
Created on April 01, 2013 @ 12:46PM
"BUCKWILD" Star Shain Gandee - Photo MTV
5 News Update:
(CBS NEWS) West Virginia authorities say that Shain Gandee, one of the stars of the MTV reality show "Buckwild," has been found dead, along with his uncle and a third, unidentified person.
Kanawha County Sheriff's Department Cpl. B.D. Humphreys says the 21-year-old, his uncle David Gandee, 48, and the third man were found Monday near Sissonville.
Authorities had been searching for the men since early Sunday morning. They were last seen around 3 a.m. Sunday at a bar in Sissonville and they told people they were going driving off-road.
Humphreys said state police were getting ready to send out an aviation unit to search for the men when authorities received a call Monday morning that a vehicle was found wrecked in a muddy area a few miles from Gandee's home in Sissonville, about 15 miles outside of Charleston.
Authorities found the 1984 Ford Bronco that belonged to the Gandee family in a ditch with all three men inside. Humphreys did not provide details on the condition of the vehicle or the bodies. He said no foul play was suspected.
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said the news was devastating for the small community near Charleston.
"It's a very sad day for the Sissonville area and for these families," he said. "This is a small community, and most of us know directly members of these families. We're keeping them in our hearts and prayers."
Shain, nicknamed "Gandee Candy" by fans, was a breakout star of the show that followed the antics of a group of young friends enjoying a wild country lifestyle. It was filmed last year, mostly around Sissonville and Charleston.
"We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee, and those involved in this tragic incident," a spokesperson for MTV said in a statement. "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."
The network announced in February that it had ordered a second season of "Buckwild." It said the half-hour series in the old "Jersey Shore" time slot was pulling in an average of 3 million viewers per episode since its premiere and was the No. 1 original cable series on Thursday nights among 12- to 34-year-olds.
Shain Gandee is the third "Buckwild" cast member to make headlines.
Last week, 24-year-old Salwa Amin was sent back to jail for violating the terms of her bond following a February arrest. She was charged with two counts of drug possession with intent to deliver and initially jailed on $200,000 bond. That was later reduced to $100,000, but Amin remained behind bars without bond on Monday.
State Police say a multi-agency task force arrested Amin and two other people at a residence after receiving a tip from an informant. A search found oxycodone pills, heroin and $3,000 in cash.
Another cast mate, Michael Douglas Burford, was charged in February with driving under the influence.
5 News Update:
(CNN) -- Shain Gandee, one of the stars of the MTV reality show "Buckwild," has been found dead along with two other people in Kanawha County, West Virginia, authorities said Monday.
"This is a very sad and tragic event," Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper said. "We live in a very small community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gandee family. The full details will be released later by the Kanawha County Sheriff Department."
Gandee was one of the nine cast members of "Buckwild." The show follows a group of young adults trying to have fun in Sissonville, West Virginia, pulling stunts like turning a dump truck into a swimming pool or just riding around the woods on their all-terrain vehicles. Gandee was billed as a former high school prom king who had done "every job from coal mining to being a garbage man."
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."
The identities of the other two dead were not immediately known. Kanawha County sheriff's deputies had said earlier that they were searching for Gandee and his uncle, David Gandee.
SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - A "BUCKWILD" cast member and his uncle are missing.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department said Monday in a news release that 21-year-old Shain Gandee and his uncle, 48-year-old David Gandee, were last seen around 3 a.m. Sunday at a bar in Sissonville.
Cpl. B.D. Humphreys says family members reported them missing after searching for them and trying to contact them Sunday.
Humphreys says the Sissonville residents had planned to go four-wheeling but didn't say where.
Foul play isn't suspected.
Anyone who has information about the men's whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff's department at 304-357-0169.
The MTV show was filmed largely around Sissonville and Charleston.
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