The body of a seasoned, 48-year-old off-road rider was found after missing for 4 days. Roberto “Bobby” Camou, from San Diego County in California, went for a solo dirt bike ride in the Otay Mountain wilderness last Saturday, April 25, 2020, but hadn't been heard from since.
Camou went for a solo dirt bike ride that day and was even able to send a selfie to family members around noon that day.
“He had planned on being home around 4:30 PM, and we last heard from him at 12:22 PM when he sent us a snapshot of himself taking a break, so not hearing from him is making us very scared.”
His daughter, Katie, posted an SOS on Facebook on Sunday after her father failed to return home the day before.
A body of a man who matches that description was found in Otay Mesa, just outside San Diego County in California, 3 days after.
Deputies and SARs (search and rescue) volunteers, which were supported by the personnel from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, the U.S. Border Patrol, the state Department of Parks and Recreation, and the California Office of Emergency Services, searched the mountains for days until his body was found on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has also provided a helicopter to search the Otay Mountain area and also used infrared cameras to search even in the dark of night.
Bobby Camou was said to be an avid off-roader and is skilled in the sport. He works as a courtroom clerk at the Chula Vista courthouse. The official cause of death is yet to be released by the county coroner's office as of this writing.
Never ever ride solo
Here at MotoPinas.com, we highly discourage going on solo trail rides into the wilderness. No matter how skilled a rider can be, the mountains are a very unforgiving environment. Since it is far from civilization, the chances of people coming to help you during an emergency situation are very, very slim.
In fact, we also highly discourage riding solo even on the road. At least ride with a buddy who can be dependable during an emergency, or contact your next of kin if something has happened. Always, ride with peers, and never leave anyone behind. Always do a headcount during stops or when regrouping.