Body Found At Mokelumne River Near Lake Pardee

Body Found At Mokelumne River Near Lake Pardee

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office is reporting at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon; deputies were dispatched to the Mokelumne River near the inlet of Lake Pardee for a report of a deceased white male. Rangers from the East Bay Municipal Utilities District who had been continuing with search efforts made the discovery. Detectives were called along with the sheriff’s office marine safety unit to investigate the scene and to recover the body. The deceased male has not been positively identified; however, sheriff’s detectives tentatively believe that the human remains are that of David Gordon Johnson. Johnson was originally reported as a missing person to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, June 5th. A motorcycle which had been ridden by Johnson was located at the Big Bar River access along the Mokelumne River on June 7th. Prior to the discovery of the body, sheriff’s detectives pieced together circumstances and evidence which suggested that David Johnson may have entered the Mokelumne River and become the victim of accidental drowning. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death and to positively identify the male subject. The investigation is on-going.

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