SEARCHERS FOR DEPUTY SEEKING WITNESSES.Byline: Bhavna Mistry Daily News Staff Writer
Continuing a fifth day of searching for Deputy Jonathan Aujay, volunteers canvassed Wrightwood businesses hoping to find anyone who had seen the missing hiker.
The volunteers, who included Aujay's father-in-law, showed photos of the 38-year-old Palmdale man, who vanished after setting off Thursday for a solo hike from Devils Punchbowl Punchbowl, hill, 500 ft (152 m) high, in the city of Honolulu, SE Oahu island, Hawaii. In the bowllike extinct volcanic crater at the summit (reached by a scenic drive) is the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, for those killed in World War II. Park.
``We want to see if he's picked up any additional food, water or supplies,'' said sheriff's Sgt. Kim Ruppert of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department This article is about the Los Angeles County Sherriff's Department, not to be confused with the smaller Los Angeles County Police
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) is a local law enforcement agency that serves Los Angeles County, California. . ``There has been absolutely no news or evidence.''
Aujay, assigned to the K-9 unit, was reported missing by his wife Thursday night after he did not return from a routine, daylong solo hike. His sport-utility vehicle sport-u·til·i·ty vehicle
n. Abbr. SUV
A four-wheel-drive vehicle with a roomy body, designed for off-road travel. was found parked at the Devils Punchbowl parking lot.
A 5-foot-10-inch, 160-pound marathoner, Aujay has been described by co-workers as an experienced outdoorsman who would be able to survive in and live off the wilderness.
``They are hoping to find someone that might have seen him the past couple of days,'' said Deputy Steve Sciacca. ``We're hoping to get an indication of whether someone might have seen him walking or running or hiking or his direction of travel.''
While the volunteers went through Wrightwood, technical search teams with helicopters and three tracking dogs continued to comb the rugged San Gabriel Mountains San Gabriel Mountains, S Calif., E and NE of Los Angeles, running c.50 mi (80 km) westward from Cajon Pass. San Antonio Peak (10,080 ft/3,072 m) is the highest of the range. Citrus fruits are raised on the southern foothills. south of the county park.
Aujay's family is mystified mys·ti·fy
tr.v. mys·ti·fied, mys·ti·fy·ing, mys·ti·fies
1. To confuse or puzzle mentally. See Synonyms at puzzle.
2. To make obscure or mysterious. by his disappearance, his mother-in-law said.
``At this point, we just don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. what to think,' said Loraine Steen.
PHOTO (Color) (Ran in AV Edition only) Jonathan Aujay
Missing since Thursday