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Truck driver vanishes with his vehicle left idle on the highway, sheriffs say

Larry Valenzuela, The Fresno Bee on

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FRESNO, Calif. -- Fresno County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to find a truck driver who they say mysteriously vanished.

Satwant Singh Bains, 54, of Fowler was reported missing near Los Banos early Wednesday morning.

According to sheriffs, at around 5 a.m. California Highway Patrol officers responded a report of a big rig truck pulling a refrigeration trailer idle on the freeway of Interstate 5 near Whitworth Road, just northwest of Los Banos.

Officers discovered that the big rig was partially blocking the northbound right lane and that the truck's engine was running, the doors were unlocked and no one inside.

A cell phone and a wallet were found inside the truck belonging to Singh Bains. Officers checked the immediate area but were unable to find him.

Singh Bains was reportedly hauling a load to Fairfield.

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Family members say it is out of character for Singh Bains to vanish without telling anyone.

Singh Bains is described as 5 feet, 8 inches and 230 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He has a mustache and goatee, and a tattoo of a small cross on the back of his right hand.

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