Ed Cavanaugh was a 45-year-old teacher from San Francisco who went missing on July 17, 2023, while riding his motorbike in the Eldorado National Forest. He was an experienced outdoorsman and a diabetic who often led backpacking trips with his students. His disappearance sparked a massive search effort by his family, friends, colleagues, and volunteers, who used social media to spread the word and raise funds.
On August 4, 2023, his body was found by a member of his family’s search party in a remote part of the forest, near his motorbike. The cause of death was not officially determined, but his sister Debbie Cavanaugh Schultz said on Facebook that he “passed away doing what he loved most, riding his motorcycle in the great outdoors”. She also thanked everyone who helped in the search and expressed her grief for her brother, who she described as having a “bright spirit and beautiful soul”.
Ed Cavanaugh was a beloved teacher at Downtown Continuation High School, where he taught for 20 years. He was known for his passion for education and his dedication to his students, especially those who faced challenges and hardships. He inspired many young people to pursue their dreams and overcome their obstacles. He was also an avid motorcyclist, hiker, and adventurer who loved nature and exploring new places.
Ed Cavanaugh’s death was a tragic loss for his family, friends, students, and community. He touched many lives in countless ways and left a lasting legacy of kindness, generosity, and support. He will be remembered as a teacher, a mentor, a friend, and a hero.