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The mystery of the LA deputy who went for a run and never came back




The Devil's Punchbowl in the mountains of Los Angeles County.
The Devil's Punchbowl in the mountains of Los Angeles County.
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It's remained an elusive mystery for 17 years: What happened to Jonathan Aujay, a member of the elite LA Sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau?

Aujay went out for a run in the Antelope Valley in 1998, and never returned.

Multiple theories swirl. Some believe he committed suicide. Others believe he was a victim of the treacherous wilderness. Yet others believe he was murdered, embroiled in an underworld of illegal meth labs.  

Reporter Claire Martin dug deep into the story for her article "The Deputy Who Disappeared" in the current issue of Los Angeles Magazine.

You can listen to the segment by clicking on the audio segment above.