El Dorado County sheriff’s officials confirmed Friday that the body found off a backwoods trail Tuesday was that of a Bay Area teacher who had been missing for more than two weeks.
The body found near an off-highway-vehicle trail west of Slate Mountain in the Eldorado National Forest was positively identified as 45-year-old Edward Cavanaugh of San Francisco. The identification was done by a forensic odontologist who compared Cavanaugh’s dental records to the upper and lower jawbones of the body found near Cavanaugh’s motorcycle, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. The cause of death is still under investigation.
A member of a search effort assisting Cavanaugh’s family called the Sheriff’s Office about 11:20 a.m. Tuesday to report that a motorcycle matching the description of the one Cavanaugh was riding had been found along with a body.
Cavanaugh had last been seen July 17 while riding his blue Yamaha YZ250 motorcycle in the Rock Creek trail system in the Georgetown area. Cavanaugh had parted ways with another motorcyclist with whom he had been riding and was going to use the trail system to return to a home he owned in the area, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The trail system, in the Georgetown Divide area, runs between the communities of Mosquito and Georgetown.
Cavanaugh was a teacher at San Francisco’s Downtown Continuation School.