Jonathan Aujay

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Above Images: Aujay, circa 1998

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 11, 1998 from the Angeles National Forest, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 12, 1959
  • Age: 38 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 165 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Aujay's nicknames are Jon and OJ. He has a United States Army eagle emblem tattooed on his upper left arm and the word "SEB" inside a triangle tattooed on his upper right arm.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A light-colored t-shirt, olive green shorts with pockets, black crew socks, hiking boots, a Casio running watch, a blue and white or green and white baseball cap, and black sunglasses with oval frames. Carrying a forest-green Jansport day pack.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Aujay went for a day hike in the Devil's Punchbowl area of the Angeles National Forest on June 11, 1998. He never returned. The Devil's Punchbowl is a remote park on the north slope of the San Gabriel Mountains.

    Aujay was a deputy at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department at the time of his disappearance. He had been employed with the department for fifteen years by 1998. He is a long-distance runner, a skilled outdoorsman and an experienced hiker who hiked in the San Gabriel Mountains about once a week. An extensive search involving two helicopters, thirty people and at least two bloodhounds failed to find any trace of him, save some footprints in the snow near Mount Baden-Powell. The search was called off after a week. Aujay left behind a wife and a young daughter when he disappeared.

    For unspecified reasons, investigators believed that Operation Silent Thunder, a two-year undercover methamphetamine operation in the Antelope Valley area, might uncover evidence about Aujay's disappearance. No clues were found, though, and he remains missing. Aujay's case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact
    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
    323-890-5500

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    Deaths in the San Gabriel Mountains
    NamUs

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 2, 2012; two pictures added, clothing/jewelry description updated.

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