A missing Mt. Juliet man has been found. Authorities and family members had been searching for him since he went missing after crossing the U.S. border into Canada last week.
Jack Caldwell,74, was in the middle of a 4,225-mile motorcycle ride to Fairbanks, Alaska when he entered into Alberta, Canada at Sweet Grass, Mont., Aug. 16.
“We had expected to hear back from him [already],” said his daughter, Kim Caldwell, Friday morning. “He went from communicating with the family daily to suddenly nothing. Plus he’s travelling alone.”
Finally, though, the family heard from him Friday at about 11:30 a.m.
She said her father had apparently experienced trailer problems and lost cell service, and the route he was travelling lasted several hundred more miles than expected.
“We didn’t know if he was lollygagging or if he was in trouble, but we were hopeful because the bike had been seen,” said Kim Caldwell.
She said Canadian officials had received some reports of sightings of Caldwell’s motorcycle in recent days, but were unable to confirm Caldwell as the driver.
According to the family, Caldwell is not unfamiliar with long treks. He has extensive experience as a Greyhound bus driver and has travelled all over the world.
“He flew his plane to Canada a few years ago when he still had that,” she said. “So he’s very knowledgeable about travelling.”
She said that this trip is Caldwell’s first long ride on his motorcycle, but he had been preparing for the trip for months.
“He said he was 74 and felt great. He has been packing for weeks and planning for months. He was doing tons of research and asking people about their motorcycles,” she said.
Caldwell planned to meet his wife, Janet, in Fairbanks, Alaska, where the couple planned to ride his motorcycle together.
The family grew worried after he didn’t call his wife to confirm the plans.
Friday’s phone call finally put the worries to rest, though.
“We’re all dancing in the street,” said Kim Caldwell. “His wife is going to fly out tomorrow and wring his neck and then ride the motorcycle.”