CONFIRMED: Missing Truck Driver Found Dead In Canal, What Happened?

UPDATE: Police Now Calling Trucker’s Death “Accidental.” Click HERE to read the latest!


Merced County, California – The Merced County Sheriff’s Office confirmed late Monday that the body of 54-year-old truck driver, Satwant Bains, of Fowler, who mysteriously went missing last week, has been recovered.

On Saturday the Merced County Search and Rescue team was alerted to a body floating in the Delta-Mendota canal only 2 miles downstream from where Mr. Bains’ semi was found last Wednesday, May 15, along Interstate 5 and Whitworth Road near Santa Nella.

The Merced County Search and Rescue Team recovered a body on Saturday from the Delta-Mendota canal which has now been confirmed as the trucker who mysteriously went missing last week. (Courtesy Merced County Sheriff’s Office)

Authorities sent the body to the coroner’s office for an autopsy and suspended the search for Mr. Bains.

Then news came from investigators on Monday that Bains’ family and friends feared most.

Police said the coroner determined the manner of death was drowning.


However, there is still much we don’t know about what happened to Mr. Bains and police are not revealing much about what they believe happened either.

Here’s what we do know so far.

Police were called to the scene last Wednesday at approximately 5 a.m. after receiving a report that a semi pulling a refrigeration trailer was sitting idle on the freeway and partially blocking the northbound right lane.

While on scene, officers discovered the truck’s engine running and the doors were unlocked with no one inside.

Authorities also found a cell phone and wallet inside the truck belonging to Bains.

Bains was reportedly hauling a load to Fairfield, California at the time of his disappearance.


Family members of Mr. Bains said the circumstances surrounding his disappearance were highly unusual and out of character for him.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Merced County Sheriff’s Office at 209-385-7445.

Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow this story.




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