Friends of missing Roseville restaurateur to search by motorbike

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 - 9:47 pm

In hopes of finding the missing owner of a Sammy Hagar-themed restaurant in Roseville, two motorcycle-riding friends say they plan to head to Fort Bragg.

Steve Pease, owner of Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar & Grill, was last seen Nov. 3 when he checked out of a Fort Bragg motel and drove off in a rental car. In Pease’s absence, the restaurant closed its doors.

With police assistance, the rental vehicle’s On-Star navigation/tracking system was turned on, but the system was unable to acquire a signal. That is not direct evidence that the vehicle is not operable, said Chris Maudru, who has taken a lead role among a group of friends who are searching for Pease. The rental could be in a parking garage or, more likely, in a remote area without service, Maudru said.

Maudru said that, using off-road motorcycles, he and another rider will search remote roadways. He said Pease’s friends also are in talks with a private investigator and a public relations firm.

Maudru also used Pease’s email account to send a message to everyone in his address book, soliciting their help in finding the missing businessman. He also has emailed every business within 50 miles of Fort Bragg with a “missing” poster.

Meanwhile, the Roseville Police Department said Wednesday it will follow up on leads generated from media attention, but will not be launching any search efforts.

Call The Bee’s Ed Fletcher, (916) 321-1269. Follow him on Twitter @NewsFletch.

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