Shain from MTV's Buckwild.(Photo: MTV)
By Carol Memmott, USA TODAY
The body of Shain Gandee, 21, a cast member of the controversial MTV reality series Buckwild,
which focuses on the lives of free-spirited young people in West
Virginia, was one of three found in Kanawha County this morning, the
county sheriff's office has confirmed.
Another body found at
the scene is said to be Shain's uncle, David Gandee of Sissonville,
W.Va. The identity of a third body has not yet been released.
Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper, according to MTV News,
confirmed that Gandee's body and two others were discovered dead in a
wrecked vehicle in Sissonville. Gandee had been reported missing over
Buckwild premiered in January, but not
before some West Virginians including U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)
asked MTV not to air it. After a trailer for the series went live on
MTV's website Nov. 28, Manchin sent a letter to MTV asking it to cancel
the series, which he says was "repulsive" and "plays to ugly,
inaccurate stereotypes about the people of West Virginia."
12-episode series, which began airing in January, showed nine young
people partying, using firearms, driving recklessly and using a dump
truck as a swimming pool. Its Feb. 7 finale drew 2.7 million viewers,
and the series was renewed for a second season. Filming of the new
season was already underway but has now been suspended.
"We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee,
and those involved in this tragic incident," the network 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
Another cast member, Salwa Amin, 24, was
arrested on three felony drug charges in February. She's being held at
the Central Regional Jail in Sutton, W.Va., pending trial.