"Buckwild" Star Shain Gandee was found dead in a vehicle in West Virginia this morning ... 31 hours after the 21-year-old MTV reality star had been reported missing, this according to law enforcement.
According to officials, Gandee -- along with 2 other bodies -- was discovered in the vehicle in Sissonville, West Virginia.
As we previously reported ... Shain was last heard from around 3 AM on Sunday morning, when he and his uncle David Gandee told people they planned to go 4-wheeling.
Authorities now believe that carbon monoxide poisoning may be the cause, since the truck was waist deep in mud which probably blocked the tailpipe. The bodies are still in the truck, as authorities have been unable to get them out in the deep mud.
A crazy personal connection: before filming "Buckwild" Shain was a garbage man in my hometown of South Charleston, West Virginia and my mom knew him. She even has photos with him. Until today,She never knew he was on the show. She made the discovery after seeing him on the local news...