Jonathan Aujay

Aujay, circa 1998

  • Missing Since 06/11/1998
  • Missing From Angeles National Forest, California
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 10/12/1959 (59)
  • Age 38 years old
  • Height and Weight 6'0, 165 pounds
  • 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.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Aujay's nicknames are Jon and O.J. 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.

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, other than 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.

Investigating Agency

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department 323-890-5500

Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated January 22, 2017; picture added.