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*Updated: Monday, 10:57pm
Investigators with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department said the Ford Bronco that “Buckwild” star Shain Gandee was driving was stuck in a large mudhole and the vehicle’s muffler became submerged, apparently leading to the carbon monoxide deaths of Gandee and two others.
The bodies of Gandee, 21, his uncle David Gandee, 48, and Donald Robert Myers, 27, all of Sissonville, were found late Monday morning near Wolf Pen Drive. They had apparently been four-wheeling in the 1984 Bronco.
The victims were located less than two hours after the sheriff’s department reported the Gandees missing. They were last seen Sunday morning at 3 a.m. when they left Larry’s Bar in Sissonville and said they were going four-wheeling.
“We received word that someone had seen a vehicle wrecked in the woods near Shane’s house,” Kanawha County Sheriff’s Cpl. Brian Humphreys said. “First responders located a wrecked Ford Bronco, which was later confirmed to belong to the Gandee family.”
Investigators do not suspect foul play.
The sheriff’s department released more information about the condition of the vehicle Monday evening:
“The vehicle sat unevenly, but upright, and was partially submerged in deep mud. Mud was covering the lower part of the passenger side door of the vehicle, but the driver’s side of the vehicle was above the mud. The muffler of the vehicle was completely below the surface of the mud.”
Investigators said the mudhole sits next to a four-wheeling trail about one mile from Shain Gandee’s home near Thaxton Hollow in Sissonville. A bulldozer was used to remove the vehicle from the mud.
The bodies were sent to the state Medical Examiner’s Office.
Shain Gandee garnered national attention after appearing on the MTV reality show that was filmed in Kanawha County. MTV has scheduled “Buckwild” for a second season, but announced Monday filming had been suspended.