Joshua Hock


The search for an Amador County man who was reported missing last week has ended in tragedy after it was discovered that he had died as a result of a traffic accident.

The missing man, 37 year old Joshua Hock of Amador County was reportedly missing since July 3, when he was last seen at the Java Drive in Martell and had been stopped by a CHP officer while riding his motorcycle earlier that morning. His cell phone last pinged a cell tower in the Camanche Parkway North/Liberty Road area in the early morning hours of July 4. 

After he was reported missing, CHP conducted an aerial search of Highway 88, Highway 89 and Highway 50 and a deputy and CHP officer also drove the Highway 88 corridor. By Saturday, the search intensified, with deputies in a 4x4 checking all the pullouts and back trails along Highway 88.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office also reached out to the public on social media, asking for their help in locating the missing man. 

Sadly, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Saturday that the search had reached its tragic end.

“We want to thank everyone for their efforts in trying to help bring Joshua Hock home safely. Unfortunately, after a search that included local and surrounding law enforcement agencies, as well as family and friends, we are sad to tell the community that Joshua passed away as a result of a traffic accident,” said the Amador County Sheriff’s Office.

Hock and his motorcycle were found down an embankment in the area of Camanche Parkway North in Ione. The California Highway Patrol is currently investigating the traffic accident and the Amador County Sheriff’s Office will handle the coroner investigation.

“We ask that everyone keeps the Hock family in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” said the Amador County Sheriff’s Office.