(Reuters) – The physique of a widely known U.S. vehicle journalist who went lacking in mountainous northern California after taking a motorbike for a test-drive is believed to have been recovered, a neighborhood sheriff mentioned on Friday, following an obvious unintentional drowning.
Davey Johnson, 44, from Sacramento, had been lacking since June 5 when he was testing a Honda CB1000R for an article in Motorcyclist journal within the rugged and chilly terrain close to Mokelumne Hill, California.
Sheriff’s deputies on Thursday recovered the physique of a deceased male from the Mokelumne River close to Lake Pardee, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office mentioned on Friday.
“The deceased male has not been positively recognized, nevertheless, Sheriff’s Detectives imagine it to be lacking individual David Johnson,” the workplace mentioned in a Tweet.
The bike was discovered at a relaxation cease on Route 49, close to Mokelumne Hill, with a helmet and folded gloves, in response to police and the journal Car and Driver. Police additionally discovered Johnson’s garments, telephone, laptop computer and pockets, neatly positioned by a snow-fed creek close by.
His last-known communication was a June 5 textual content to his girlfriend Jaclyn Trop, a number of media shops mentioned. He had additionally texted a photograph to a pal and mentioned he was headed residence to Sacramento, about 65 miles (105 km) from the bike and his possessions.
Trop mentioned on Facebook that after “sitting on tenterhooks for 15 days” the Calaveras County sheriff’s workplace notified her that they’d recovered Johnson’s physique and that he was the sufferer of an unintentional drowning.
She additionally shared the final electronic mail Johnson despatched her, saying it was “filled with knowledge and recommendation relevant in these agonizing weeks and months forward” as she famous he proposed to her in April.
“We’ve been given a present within the type of one another. A bulwark in opposition to the unfair slings and arrows of the world,” he wrote within the electronic mail.
The vehicle and bike publishing business has been mourning the lack of Johnson since he went lacking. In an obituary revealed on Wednesday on the Car and Driver web site, Hearst Autos chief model officer Eddie Alterman mentioned he “noticed Davey because the voice of his era” and that “he was a gifted, innate storyteller and a person consumed along with his enthusiasms.”
Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; Editing by Chris Reese