SISSONVILLE, W.Va. -- Shain Gandee, star of MTV's show "Buckwild," was one of three people found dead in Sissonville on Monday in an apparent off-road driving accident.
The bodies were found in Gandee's Ford Bronco, which was stuck in the mud more than a mile off Wolf Pen Drive on a trail used for off-road four-wheeling.
Gandee's uncle, David Gandee, 48, was also found in the truck, Kanawha County sheriff's deputies said. The third man, Donald Robert Myers, 27, was identified by the sheriff's department Monday evening.
Shain and David Gandee were last seen at Larry's Bar in Sissonville at about 3 a.m. Sunday, and said they were planning to go four-wheeling in the younger Gandee's Ford Bronco, according to the sheriff's department.
Family members spent most of Sunday searching for the men before calling 911 to report them missing. Kanawha County Sheriff's Cpl. Brian Humphreys said Monday evening that one of Shain Gandee's friends found the truck and the bodies.
"The vehicle sat unevenly, but upright, and was partially submerged in deep mud," Humphreys said in a news release. The driver's side door was free of the mud, he said, but the passenger side door was partially submerged, and the truck's muffler was completely below the surface of the mud.
That might seem to indicate the men were overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning, but a cause of death was not released. Humphreys said the bodies would be taken to the state medical examiner's office.
Shain Gandee was in the driver's seat of the truck, Humphreys said.
The truck was in a mud pit next to a trail that four-wheel-drive vehicles would be able to use, Humphreys said. Rescuers had to use a bulldozer to remove the truck.
State Police were ready to send up a helicopter to search the area minutes before Metro 911 dispatchers reported that the bodies had been found.
Neighbor Swanna Frampton, a longtime friend of the Gandee family, said Monday afternoon that Shain Gandee was a "great kid" who loved to make people laugh.