Multiple agencies have combined efforts in the search for David Gordon Johnson, whose motorcycle and belongings were found near the Mokelumne River at Big Bar River Access in Mokelumne Hill. The Automobile Magazine journalist has been missing since June 5.



A large-scale endeavor to find missing automotive journalist David Gordon Johnson has been reduced until further information or leads are acquired.

Johnson, a Sacramento County resident, went missing about June 5 in area of Big Bar River Access near Mokelumne Hill. Efforts to find Johnson, 43, have not yielded any results, despite more than 448 miles being searched on foot and countless more being searched by boat and air rescue teams, according to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office reported that several agencies joined in a massive search effort for the missing man on June 15. Agencies involved in trying to find Johnson were the California Rescue Dog Association, Wilderness Finders Search Dogs, Bay Area Mountain Rescue, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Marine Safety Unit, Placer County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, Napa County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, Butte County Sheriff’s Office Marine Safety Unit, San Benito County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, California Explorer Search and Rescue, East Bay Municipal Utilities District, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California National Guard and the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office Marine Safety, Off Highway Vehicle, Investigations, Operations, and Search and Rescue Units.

In addition to the various agencies, the Gold County Region of the American Red Cross provided food and beverages for the searchers during the massive operation.

Clothing and other items having been identified as belonging to Johnson were found by K9 units near the edge of a creek that feeds into the Mokelumne River.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that the search for Johnson will continue by the local Marine Safety Unit and sheriff’s detectives, but large-scale efforts such as the one on June 15 will not be conducted unless more information comes to light.

Those who have possibly seen Johnson or who have information regarding his disappearance or whereabouts are asked to call the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office at (209) 754-6500 or the agency’s Investigations Tip Line at (209) 754-6030.


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