Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Aujay went for a day hike in the Devil's Punchbowl, a remote park on the north slope of the San Gabriel Mountains, in the Angeles National Forest on June 11, 1998.
He never returned from his hike.
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 a 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. While Aujay was originally thought of have met with foul play, most authorities now believe he became lost in the mountains and died of exposure.
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Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
California Department of Justice
Deaths in the San Gabriel Mountains