Missing since June 11, 1998 from the Angeles National Forest , Los Angeles County, California
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Jonathan Aujay, an off-duty sheriff's deputy and an experienced hiker who hiked weekly in the SGM, never returned from a hike alone that began at the Devil's Punchbowl.
He told his wife he was going for a day hike. Rescue teams with two helicopters, at least two dogs (bloodhounds) and about 30 search-and-rescue personnel searched for at least three days, finding footprints in the snow near Mt. Baden-Powell. No body was ever found, and the search was called off after a week.
Aujay was described by coworkers as an ultra-marathoner, an experienced outdoors man and a survivalist. Family members said that Aujay had been preparing for a 100-mile run.
Assigned to the Sheriff's Department's Special Enforcement Bureau K-9 unit, Aujay was to take a new job as a training deputy with a special-weapons team July 1.
His sport-utility vehicle was found parked at the Devils Punchbowl parking lot.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department
Agency Case Number: 980804626
NCIC Number: M-131331379
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