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    Freelance automotive writer David Gordon Johnson (44) drowned after taking a motorcycle for a test drive in California

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/11/us/mi...rnd/index.html

    Authorities in California are searching for a freelance automotive writer who took a motorcycle on a test drive through the state last week and hasn't been seen since.

    David Gordon Johnson, 44, had been test driving a Honda CB1000R for Motorcyclist magazine when he disappeared, his fianc?e Jaclyn Trop told CNN affiliate KCRA. He was last heard from at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, when he texted a friend to say he was sitting near a creek before heading home, the news station reported.

    He was reported missing that same day in Sacramento County and two days later in Calaveras County, Lt. Anthony Eberhardt with the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department said. Calaveras County is about an hour southeast of Sacramento.

    California Highway Patrol officers found Johnson's motorcyle parked at a rest stop near the town of Mokelumne Hill in Calaveras County. The bike, discovered just after midnight Saturday, was found with Johnson's helmet and gloves, KCRA reported. His phone, laptop and backpack were found close to the nearby Mokelumne River, the news station reported.

    Trop said she and Johnson had spent the weekend together in Los Angeles before he returned to Northern California, making stops in Las Vegas and Mammoth.

    They were out of touch for 12 hours Tuesday and into Wednesday, Trop told KCRA, but he messaged her at 2 a.m. to apologize for not reaching out, saying his cellphone had died and he was navigating tricky and icy roads after the sun went down.

    "I had a great time before it got dark," Johnson texted, according to the affiliate. "That part of the Sierra is just stupidly spectacular. Anyway, I'm so sorry I worried you. Yes, I am okay and alive, but I am WIPED."

    Search efforts have been expanded, with California Highway Patrol H20, Calaveras County Marine Safety Division and several other search and rescue groups canvassing the area in an effort to find Johnson.

    Dozens of search and rescue personnel were scouring the north fork of the Mokelumne River on Monday before the search was called off due to the high and fast-moving water, according to affiliate KCRA.

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    He is from my area and we have a mutual friend. This story is so odd, I hope he is found soon.


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    yes i said i will leave it under you storage he said cuddle with me i said shut up it over??? what am i doing wrong??

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    Sheriff: Body found in Mokelumne River believed to be missing journalist

    CALAVERAS COUNTY, Calif. (KCRA) —
    Officials believe that a body recovered from the Mokelumne River on Thursday is that of a missing automotive journalist, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

    Although the body has not been positively identified, the Sheriff's Office said it tentatively believe the remains are of David Gordon Johnson, 44, who had initially been reported missing on June 5 to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.

    The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office took over the case after learning Johnson’s last possible location was Big Bar River Access in Calaveras County, where Johnson’s motorcycle was found by the California Highway Patrol.

    Johnson was a contributor for Car and Driver. According to officials, Johnson was test-driving a motorcycle through the Sonora Pass and had texted his friend a selfie he took along a creek that flowed into the Mokelumne River.
    https://www.kcra.com/article/body-fo...river/28136578


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    yes i said i will leave it under you storage he said cuddle with me i said shut up it over??? what am i doing wrong??

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    https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/d...nson-obituary/

    The massive recovery efforts, led by the Calaveras County Sheriff, continued until Monday, at which point officials announced they would be scaling back the search. The police found Davey's body in the Mokelumne River on Thursday. The cause of his death is said to be accidental drowning.

    "He is so full of life and I've just never met anyone like him," Jaclyn Trop, automotive journalist and Davey's girlfriend, said in an interview with CBS This Morning earlier this month. "There are just so many questions."

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