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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
Dearest Customers, Friends and Family,
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.