A West Magic resident died on Nov. 29 after reportedly getting his vehicle stuck on a stretch of road between West Magic and Fairfield sometime during the night and attempting to walk back to West Magic in freezing temperatures.
Ruben Charles Baldwin, 55, died somewhere along Macon Flat Road, which runs between West Magic and U.S. Highway 20, according to Camas County Sheriff Chief Deputy Tom Martin. According to Martin, Baldwin’s car had nosedived into a ditch and Baldwin walked about a mile away from the car, where he was found dead. Camas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call by a pair of hunters who discovered the body around 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
Baldwin’s girlfriend, Michelle Banducci, told the Idaho Mountain Express that his roommate called her on Nov. 30 to report that he had not come home the night before, which was unlike him. She heard later that day that a body had been found along Macon Flat Road and she went to the police to see if it was her boyfriend. It was.
Banducci described Baldwin as her best friend, who she said she had known for 23 years. She said Baldwin has a brother in Twin Falls, but additional family members have not been reached.
Banducci said Baldwin was a construction worker who had built many homes in the Wood River Valley.
She said Baldwin’s body was cremated at Demaray Funeral Services in Gooding and a celebration of life is tentatively scheduled for June, with a big barbecue in West Magic. Banducci said anyone who wants more details on the event can call her at 208-969-0583.