Automotive journalist Davey Johnson is missing, and here's how you can help

Johnson has not been heard from since Wednesday morning.

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Steven Ewing spent his childhood reading car magazines, making his career as an automotive journalist an absolute dream job. After getting his foot in the door at Automobile while he was still a teenager, Ewing found homes on the mastheads at Winding Road magazine, Autoblog and before joining the CNET team in 2018. He has also served on the World Car Awards jury. Ewing grew up ingrained in the car culture of Detroit -- the Motor City -- before eventually moving to Los Angeles. In his free time, Ewing loves to cook, binge trash TV and play the drums.
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Davey Johnson

Veteran automotive journalist and friend of Roadshow Davey G. Johnson has been missing since Wednesday, June 5. He was last heard from at 8:30 a.m. that morning, when he sent a text message to a friend.

Johnson's last known location was a rest stop off California Highway 49 near Mokelumne Hill. The Calaveras County Sheriff recovered Johnson's motorcycle -- a Honda CB1000R press bike he was testing for Motorcyclist magazine -- on Saturday. His phone, laptop and some clothing were later found nearby.

The Calaveras Country Sheriff's Office said Sunday it would expand the search area, and has enlisted the help of Amador County Search and Rescue, the Calaveras County Marine Safety Division and California Highway Patrol H20. A GoFundMe page has been set up to support the search and rescue operation.

"He is so full of life and I've just never met anyone like him," Johnson's girlfriend, automotive journalist Jaclyn Trop, told CBS This Morning in an interview Monday. "There are just so many questions that we have."

Davey Johnson is a well-known automotive journalist, with bylines at Jalopnik, Autoweek, Car and Driver and more. He is a friend to all of us at Roadshow, and we are beyond hopeful for his safe return.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Calaveras County Sheriff at 209-754-6500.

Originally published June 10.
Update, June 20: It is with great sadness that we confirm Davey Johnson was found dead on Thursday, June 20, near Mokelumne Hill, California.