A body believed to be that of a Bay Area teacher reported missing during a backwoods motorcycle ride last month has been found in El Dorado County.
A member of a search effort assisting the family of 45-year-old Edward Cavanaugh called the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office about 11:20 a.m. Tuesday to report that a motorcycle matching the description of the one Cavanaugh had been riding was located along with a body. Sheriff’s officials said the body was found in rugged brush-filled terrain west of Slate Mount and off of the established off-highway-vehicle trail system.
About the same time, the Cavanaugh family had gathered at the Sheriff’s Office and was told of the discovery, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.
Sheriff’s officials said the body has yet to be positively identified. Personnel from the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services, detectives and a California Highway Patrol helicopter responded to the scene. The Coroner’s Office will continue the investigation.
Cavanaugh was last seen July 17 while riding his blue Yamaha YZ250 motorcycle in the Rock Creek trail system in the Georgetown area. He had parted ways with another motorcyclist with whom he had been riding and had planned to use the trail system to return to a home he owns in the area, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The trail system, in the Georgetown Divide area, runs between the communities of Mosquito and Garden Valley.
Cavanaugh was a teacher at San Francisco’s Downtown Continuation High School.
On Tuesday, Cavanaugh’s family released a statement through the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office: “Our family would like to thank every single individual who has worked so hard to bring Ed home. We are overwhelmed with the kindness, generosity and support that has been shown by all in finding Ed.
“It truly is a testament to Ed’s extraordinary spirit and beautiful soul. Ed has touched so many lives in countless ways. We hope all who love Ed find comfort in knowing that his bright spirit is with us all during this heartbreaking time.”