The Thurston County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate a Dec. 5 arson fire at Alden's Taxidermy off of Littlerock Road, but no suspects have been named and a motive is still being sought.
Fire investigators determined the fire was an arson after learning that taxidermy items that should have been present were missing.
The sheriff's office is now working with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to create a database of all of the taxidermy that is believed to have been stolen prior to the fire. It is the hope of detectives that the catalog should assist in the investigation if someone attempts to sell the property on the open market.
A person-of-interest identified by the victim has been interviewed and eliminated as a suspect.
Friends and family of Alden Johnson have raised a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and a conviction. Additionally, CrimeStoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the same.
CrimeStoppers can be reached by calling 1-800-222-TIPS, or by logging on to crimebusters.org.
Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 firstname.lastname@example.org