Update as of March 25, 2014

The wolves are cirlcing and rumors are flying!

FARMER'S INSURANCE has DENIED THE CLAIM FOR THE TOTAL LOSS due to the THEFT and ARSON of Alden's Taxidermy shop and all of its contents, including Alden's truck and loyal companion, Chloe.

As you know, the shop contained and represented Alden's life's work over the last 40 years. In that time Alden's Taxidermy has had well over 400 customers, some of whom are not yet aware of the tragedy. For him this has been unbearable as he considers the loss to each of his customer's trophies, memories and adventures equal to his own.

All we can do is continue to proceed with life as though there is no insurance money forthcoming.

While the reminder of the devastation remains untouched, we are moving ahead as best we can by selling personal items and graciously accepting donations and help from friends and family. We are in the process of rebuilding in hopes of being back up and running in time for the fall season. Alden has never been without a job or work or income so you can only imagine how anxious he is to get back to it!

If you have not yet heard from us regarding specific items or your attemtps to communicate, we ask that you continue to be patient.

Meanwhile we're told the investigation is ongoing. We encourage you to call Thurston County Sheriff Detective Cameron Simper 360-789-9178 (email: simperc@co.thurston.wa.us) or Thurston County Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 with any information . There is a $10,000 REWARD for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this devastating crime that has had an unimaginable ripple effect.

We hold hope that someday this nightmare will be over or at least diminished so we may proceed with our happily ever after. Until then, we are staying strong together and making do with what we can to move ahead and stay positive.

Thank you for your continued understanding, patience and support. We look forward to seeing you this fall!


Alden & Dolores

$$$ REWARD $$$

We are still offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest. Click Here for details.

Links for articles and info pertaining to the fire:
The Olympian - Dec. 5th 2013
The Olympian - Dec. 12th 2013
Kiro 7 - Dec. 12th 2013

Update as of Monday, December 16, 2013

Thank you everyone for your outpouring of love and support.

  • The fire has been ruled arson by Captain Stone of the West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. The business, shop structure and all of its contents are a complete loss.
  • The fire likely was set to cover up the theft of a number of items which are missing from the shop and were not part of the fire. Thurston County Sherriff detectives are investigating this as a major crime.
  • The Sherriff’s Office is not yet ready to name any suspects. We hold hope that our neighbors and fellow citizens may help identify and bring these criminals to justice.

We have been working tirelessly since our return the evening of the fire from what was to be our wedding trip. It has been a devastating experience: Our personal losses; our customers’ losses; and, especially the loss of our beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Chloe. All during the holiday season which was to have been a very special one for us.

As you can only imagine, Alden is devastated about the irreplaceable mounts and works in progress lost by his customers. After 38 years as one of the top taxidermists in the country, he is concerned about his professional future.

We give thanks for the comfort and outpouring of love and support of customers, friends and family. We are resolved to ultimately put this disaster behind us as soon as is humanly possible. And begin to plan again for our wedding sometime in the future.

Thank you and best wishes for the holidays to you and your families.

Alden Johnson & Dolores Chiechi

For more information on the web, Click Here.
KIRO TV story, Click Here.

Dearest Customers, Friends and Family,

life size large brown bear on custom mount

Please know we are doing everything in our power to expedite the investigation of the cause and origin of the fire that completely destroyed Alden's Taxidermy early Thursday morning, December 5th.

Your patience and understanding is appreciated during this difficult time for us all.

The phone line is scheduled to be repaired early next week. In the meantime, please consider sending an email through the website contact form to help us inventory the items that may have been lost. Please include your contact information.

Thanks to those who have already offered their condolences and assistance. We are grateful of the outpouring of understanding, love and support. Please let us know if you too may be willing and able to help.

Olympian Article