April 11, 2023 Update:
The funds collected here have been used to pay for an attorney and a private investigator. We will continue to utilize this funding to pursue every avenue possible to find justice for Aron and Buzz.
We intend to move forward and do everything that we can to hold those who are responsible for Aron’s death accountable for their actions. We plan to bring them to justice, including those who have interfered in these pursuits.
We are heartbroken over their deaths and are devastated by the effects that this ordeal has had on our family. The events that have occurred over the past seven months have devastated us, but we remain steadfast in our commitment to see this through.
We've updated the GoFundMe goal to more accurately reflect the anticipated legal fees and private investigative costs.
We are grateful for your kindness and support as we continue moving forward.
Seeking justice for Aron Christensen - beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend - who was found shot while hiking the Walupt trail near Mt. Adams in Washington on Aug. 19, 2022.
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Updated November 15th, 2022
Aron and his sweet 4 month-old puppy, Buzz, were found dead just off the Walupt Lake trail by two hikers on Saturday, August 20th, 2022. The couple immediately trekked nearly 4 miles to inform authorities.
Our family is grateful to these good samaritans and those who helped them for their immediate and compassionate response.
Amid many questions and speculations in those first weeks, a coroner working the case told our family it was the “strangest case they had seen in over 20 years.”
Two difficult months later, on Oct. 26, the Lewis County Coroner officially confirmed that Aron died of a gunshot wound to the chest. His case was deemed a homicide.
The man who shot Aron confessed to the crime but was never arrested. His 17-year-old girlfriend was also present when he killed Aron and Buzz. According to the Sheriff, the couple later admitted that they knew both Aron and the dog were dead on Friday, August 19; still, they left them on the trail and “continued hiking.” Two days passed after the event before a family member of the shooter notified the Sheriff on Sunday, August 21, of the incident.
We are confused, disheartened, and exasperated by the handling of this case and fully believe that by now, over 90 days after Aron was killed, arrests should be made.
On Thursday, Oct. 27, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office released a statement reporting they had sent the case to the prosecutor's office because Aron Christensen’s manner of death was ruled a homicide.
Six days later, we learned that the prosecutor’s office referred the case back to the Sheriff’s office for further investigation where it still remains as of November 18th. The family repeatedly requested autopsy reports for Aron’s puppy, Buzz - but none have been provided.
Due to the unorthodox nature of this investigation, our family has obtained an attorney to help us navigate this tragic situation. We have continuously been left with more questions than answers. For months, we have received unprofessional speculations, conflicting information and even censure for speaking out from the Lewis County authorities.
We are seeking justice for our son, brother, uncle and friend. We will not give up.
If it feels right for you, we would gratefully appreciate and accept a donation to help us cover the costly legal fees and subsequent investigations associated with this complicated case.
We are grateful and appreciative of the continued overwhelming support and kindness our family has received from people across the country. We know that an entire community hopes to help us press for the truth, gain closure, foster healing and find justice for Aron and Buzz.
If you have any information at all that might help us understand what happened to Aron and Buzz, please reach out via the anonymous tip line number below or email us at [email redacted].
Anonymous tip line - please leave a message at: (971) [phone redacted]
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Aron, with his good pal, Cowboy.