Jonathan Aujay

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Above Images: Aujay, circa 1998


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 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.
  • 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, 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
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact
    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department


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


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 22, 2017; picture added.

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