Sheriff’s Office Investigating After Hiker Finds Body on Walupt Lake Trail Last Month 


The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation after a hiker found a body on a trail 3 to 4 miles away from Walupt Lake near Randle last month. 

Deputies responded to a report of a deceased male on the 101 trail just after 3:55 p.m. on Aug. 20, according to the sheriff’s office. 

The man has since been identified by his family as Aron Christensen, 49, of Portland. 

“Due to the sensitive nature of the ongoing investigation we are not providing a great deal of details at this time,” said Field Operations Bureau Chief Dusty Breen in an email to The Chronicle on Monday, adding, “Our agency is conducting additional investigation and waiting for additional forensic findings.” 

Christensen’s funeral arrangements are under the care of eCare Mortuary in Chehalis, according to a death notice published in The Chronicle.