04 December 2009

~JOSHUA BRYAN SMITH~ENDANGERED MISSING~

JOSHUA BRYAN SMITH WENT OUT ON THE NITE OF HIS BIRTHDAY AND HIS LOVED ONES HAVE NOT SEEN NOR HEARD FROM HIM SINCE. HIS DISAPPEARANCE IS AN ENIGMA. PLEASE HELP BRING JOSHUA SAFELY HOME.

JOSHUA...YOU HAVE A FAMILY WHO LOVES YOU AND THEY NOR NUMEROUS OTHERS WILL NOT GIVE UP UNTIL YOU ARE SAFELY HOME...

JOSHUA'S Facebook page is kept and maintained by Josh's Mom, Vicki and her friend Georgia

Josh is an endangered missing adult. Please help Josh find his way home.


Josh vanished without a trace on the night of his birthday, November 4, 2000, from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. He is deeply loved and missed by his family and friends. Joshua is a white male, 5'10" tall, weighs 145 pounds, has curly black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing baggie brown shorts and a dark colored t-shirt.


Circumstances - Joshua left work at 8:30 p.m. His car was found at the Lodge on the beach about 5:00 a.m. His shoes were found on the beach. Dogs traced his scent for 1/2 a mile south on the beach. Law enforcement feels he did not drown as no body was found.

(The info above plus the link below to the NCMA came from Josh's FB Page)
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JOSHUA IS #3 BELOW

From 3/9/01:
Reward offered in case of PVB man missing since Nov. 6

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the whereabouts of Joshua Bryan Smith, a 23-year-old Ponte Vedra Beach man reported missing Nov. 6 last year, the Sheriff's Office announced Thursday.
Smith's family reported him missing when he didn't re-turn to his Greencrest Drive home after work Saturday, Nov. 4.

Smith's 1994 Ford Ranger was found by his father in the parking lot of Ponte Vedra Beach Lodge and Club.
Smith's shoes were found on the beach in front of the club.


Deputies and bloodhounds, along with the Sheriff's Office helicopter and public service assistants, searched the beach.

Smith is white, 5-foot, 10-inches tall, 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing brown swimming trunks and a black t-shirt.
Anyone with knowledge of Smith's whereabouts can call the Sheriff's Office at (904) 824-8304 (904) 824-8304, or remain anonymous by calling the Crime Information Hotline at (904) 824-9099 (904) 824-9099.
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From 7/22/02:
Ponte Vedra Beach: Search continues for man who disappeared in November 2000

By SUSAN D. BRANDENBURG


Ponte Vedra Beach 543-0730


After graduating from Nease High School in 1996, Joshua Smith of Ponte Vedra Beach attended Flagler College in St. Augustine for 2 1/2 years. Named most valuable player in soccer his senior year at Nease (as well as "funniest senior"), Joshua was a starter on Flagler's freshman soccer team, pursuing a degree in sports management. For the first year, he lived at Flagler's dorm. Later, he shared an apartment on Anastasia Island with his buddy and fellow Nease graduate, Jeremy Wahl.


"Josh and Jeremy would come home some weekends and cook Chinese stir-fry for us," remembers Joshua's mom, Vicki Smith. "On those rare occasions when their apartment was clean, they used to invite me to St. Augustine for lunch." When Joshua decided to switch his major to coaching and transfer to FCCJ in the spring of 2000, he moved back home to Marsh Landing to live with his parents. Approximately six months after leaving Flagler College, Joshua Smith disappeared. He was last seen on Nov. 4, 2000, the day he turned 23 years old.


Joshua spent his birthday in close companionship with his dad, Ed, working out together at the Ponte Vedra Lodge and Club in the morning and going to a movie and dinner at Tinsel Town on the Southside in late afternoon. The last person in the family to see Joshua was his younger brother, Eric, who stopped by Lulu's Restaurant on Roscoe Road where Joshua was working that night.


"Eric remembers giving Josh a big birthday hug and $60 to buy some CDs," says Vicki Smith. "They weren't afraid to tell each other 'I love you.' They were as close as brothers can be. In fact, Joshua was a person who treasured his home, his family and his friends above all else. That's why I know in my heart that he did not intentionally leave us."


At 5 a.m. on Nov. 5, 2000, Ed Smith found Joshua's 1994 Ford Ranger Truck parked in front of the Lodge. Joshua's Tommy Hilfiger tennis shoes were found in the sand about 20 feet behind the Lodge. Dogs from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office tracked him about a half-mile south on the beach and then lost his scent. "The obvious conclusion is that he drowned," says Vicki, "but the authorities told us that some evidence would have washed ashore, even if sharks got him." The distraught mother spent every night walking the beach until dawn for two weeks following Joshua's disappearance. "Beth Connor [Jeremy Wahl's mother] and Linda Donovan [mother of Nease graduate, Jimmy Donovan] helped us through those first awful days," gratefully recalls Vicki. "They distributed posters and drove continually up and down the beach from here to St. Augustine, but eventually, as weeks turned into months, everyone got back to their normal routines. Everyone, that is, but us."


For the Smiths, nearly two years after their son disappeared without a trace, there is no such thing as a normal routine anymore. Convinced that their son did not drown and did not disappear of his own volition, the Smiths remember a college friend of Ed's who suffered from amnesia.


They picture Joshua sitting dazed and helpless in some homeless shelter. They visit shelters relentlessly, looking into the eyes of each young man. "We've discovered that the homeless are also faceless to the general population," says Vicki. "It's as if they are invisible and untouchable. Through this tragedy, we've come to realize that every one of them is a human being who deserves to be recognized - just like our Josh." Relying on their deep faith in God, the Smiths pray daily that one of the faces will belong to Josh; that someone will remember something about the night Joshua disappeared; that there will be an end to this nightmare. Vicki searches the Internet constantly. She and Ed have become active members of a support group called Families of Missing Loved Ones, founded by Jacksonville Southsider Linda Rice when her 29-year old daughter, Tina McQuaig, disappeared in March of 2000. "Like the rest of us who have missing loved ones, the Smiths have left no stone unturned in their search for Joshua," says Rice. "We can never give up hope as long as there is some chance our children can be found." Vicki has heard comments from people who suggest that she is obsessed. "They feel that Josh drowned and that's too bad, but I need to just get over it and get on with life," says Vicki. "But what if he didn't drown? What if he's still out there somewhere? What if he was your son? Would you stop searching?"


This week, students at Flagler College and citizens of St. Augustine may run into an attractive lady with long, greying hair and searching, haunted eyes walking from store to store and building to building with posters in hand. She is looking for her beloved son, Joshua Smith, and she won't give up. Would you?
 
 









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Ponte Vedra Beach man still missing
From 11/2000
The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office continues to search for a 23-year-old Ponte Vedra Beach man who has been missing for over a week, deputies said.

Relatives reported Joshua Bryan Smith missing after he failed to return to his Greencrest Drive home after work on Nov. 4.

Smith's 1994 Ford Ranger was found in the parking lot of the Ponte Vedra Lodge & Club the next day, his shoes found on the beach behind the club. He was last seen wearing brown swimming trunks and a black T-shirt.

Deputies, bloodhounds, the Sheriff's Office helicopter and public service assistants on ATVs have been searching the area since last Sunday.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Smith or having come into contact with him should call Detective L. Bentley or Sgt. C. Smith at the Sheriff's Office: 824-8304

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