Auto journalist and Autoweek alum Davey Johnson missing after all-night motorcycle ride over Sierra Nevada06/10/2019
Davey G. Johnson on an earlier ride on a different bike
Longtime automotive journalist Davey G. Johnson, an Autoweek alumni currently working at “Car and Driver,” has been missing since Wednesday morning after a solo all-night motorcycle ride over the Sierra Nevada.
Calaveras County Sheriff’s department is coordinating a search and rescue effort to locate Johnson, who was last heard from Wednesday morning after crossing the mountains on his way to his home in Sacramento. Johnson was riding a black Honda CB1000R over Highway 108 from Mammoth Mountain on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada, to the western foothill community of Mokelumne Hill.
“We currently have an active search for him,” Lt. Anthony Eberhardt of the Calaveras Sherriff’s Department confirmed. “We have not only our search and rescue but Butte and Amador Counties as well. CHP is assisting, we have dogs, drones and Marine Safety boat units looking for him. California Highway Patrol helicopter also involved.”
Johnson’s motorcycle was found at Big Bar River Access on the North Fork of the Mokelumne River, just north of Mokelumne Hill off Hwy. 49. According to friends and colleagues who have been pursuing information on the search, the bike was found parked safely with the kickstand down. Johnson’s helmet and gloves were with the bike and his backpack and cell phone were nearby.
Anyone with information or potential sightings should call the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department: (209) 754-6500
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