Missing truck driver’s family: “We just want to see him again.”


After a truck driver disappeared this week, his family has been searching tirelessly for him.

Family of Satwant Bains said they last saw him Monday night before he left for a delivery in the Bay Area in his big rig. Around 5 a.m. Wednesday, California Highway Patrol found his big rig idle on the freeway at Interstate 5 and Whitworth Road, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

Bains was nowhere to be found. Although his personal items, like his cell phone and wallet, were still inside the truck. His family, who lives in Fowler, reported him missing to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday.

Rajan and Karin Bains, Bains’ children, said the details just don’t add up.

“[Authorities] said no sign of a struggle or anything like that. We just don’t know what was going on,” Rajan said.

Bains’ family searched all day Wednesday and since the sun came up Thursday. With the help of friends, Rajan and Karin say the search party grew to around 100 people — searching every nook and cranny around where Bains’ truck was found.

Rajan said the biggest concern is his father has never missed a delivery before, making this situation very out-of-character of him. He and his sister also described him as the nicest man in the world.

“He’s probably given more money to homeless people than to me,” Rajan said through tears. “He’ll fight for anything. He’s had tough times in the past and he’s fought through all of that. He’s made an excellent living for us.”

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and CHP are helping in the search — also checking canals in the area.

In a press release, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said Bains is diabetic and may be needing his medication. If you know anything about his wherabouts, you can call Det. Jeff Kertson at 559-600-8144 or 559-600-3111.

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