5/20/19 - The Merced County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that they have recovered the body of 54 year old Satwant Singh Bains from the Delta-Mendota Canal, a short distance from where his truck was discovered.  Anyone with information on this death investigation should contact the Merced County Sheriff's Office at (209) 385-7445.

5/15/19 - Detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office need the public’s help to find 54 year old Satwant Singh Bains of Fowler.  Mr. Bains is diabetic and may be in need of medication.  Around 5:00 am on May 15th, officers with the California Highway Patrol responded to Interstate 5 and Whitworth Road, which is just northwest of Los Banos.  Officers received a report of a big rig truck pulling a refrigeration trailer idle on the freeway, partially blocking the northbound right lane.  Officers discovered the truck’s engine running and the doors were unlocked with no one inside.  Officers found a cell phone and wallet inside the truck belonging to Satwant Bains.  Officers checked the immediate area and could not find Bains.  His truck and trailer were towed away to a storage area.  Officers contacted Bains’ family and informed them of the situation.  Due to Bains being a Fowler resident, his family filed a missing persons report later in the day with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.  Bains was reportedly hauling a load to Fairfield (northern California).  Family members say it is out of character for Bains to vanish without telling anyone.

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of the case and has completed a thorough check of the area the truck was found.  The CHP helicopter (H-40) also assisted on the search and there was no sign of Mr. Bains.  Our office continues to work with these agencies to try and find him.

Bains is 5’8”, 230 lbs. with brown eyes and black hair.  He has a mustache and goatee.  He also has a tattoo of a small cross on the back of his right hand.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-3111.  You may also call Detective Jeff Kertson at (559) 600-8144 or Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867.  Please reference case # 19-6289.

Satwant Singh Bains
5/18/19 Delta-Mendota Canal, photo courtesy of the Merced County Sheriff's Office

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