Police Discover Body Suspected Of Being Missing Trucker
Merced County, California – Police in Merced County, California, recovered a body from a canal on Saturday that is suspected of being a truck driver who mysteriously went missing last week.
The Merced County Sheriff’s Office confirmed deputies recovered the body of a man from the Delta-Mendota canal at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Authorities said a motorist spotted a body floating in the canal and alerted them.
The body was recovered two miles south of where 54-year-old truck driver, Satwant Singh Bains, of Fowler, went missing on Wednesday, May 15.
Police were called to Interstate 5 and Whitworth Road near Santa Nella, 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.
Authorities have sent the body to the coroner’s office for an autopsy and identification.
According to numerous published reports by local news outlets, the search and rescue operation for Mr. Bains has been suspended awaiting the results of the autopsy.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow the story.