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    FL - Joshua Bryan Smith, 23, Ponte Vedra, 4 Nov 2000





    Name: Joshua Bryan Smith
    Classification: Endangered Missing Adult
    Alias / Nickname: Josh
    Date of Birth: 1977-11-04
    Date Missing: 2000-11-04
    From City/State: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 23
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Height: 70 inches
    Weight: 150 pounds
    Hair Color: Black
    Eye Color: Brown

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Unknown. Joshua left work early that day and parked his vehicle on Ponte Vedra Blvd. in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. His vehicle was later located and his shoes were found on the beach. Although there have been extensive searches conducted by law enforcement, his whereabouts remain unknown.

    If you believe you have any information please contact
    St. John's Sheriff's Office at (904) 810-6644

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    Josh disappeared on the night of his 23rd birthday, almost 13 years ago.

    Sadly, to me it sounds like a suicide...

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    Nov 2013

    additional information

    What a kind smile this young man has. Such a tragedy for his family.

    I located the following article from 2002 regarding his disappearance:


    A few highlights:

    -- Joshua was an avid soccer player, pursuing a degree in coaching at college
    -- Was named "funniest senior" at his high school
    -- Spent his birthday with his father and his brother, with whom he was very close
    -- Further information on the circumstances surrounding of his disappearance:

    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.

    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.

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    The fact that he was on antidepressants indicates he must have had some mental health problems. It's not unusual for people to enjoy a great (birth)day with family and then decide to pass out of this life.

    Since there's no mention of Joshua's mental health in that article and his Mom states she knows he wouldn't have left them intentionally since the family was so close, it makes me think his family might have denied his mental struggles.

    Some bodies have never been found, even though they must have washed ashore etc.

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    Nov 2013
    I agree. Obviously, I don't know what happened to Joshua, but I think your explanation is the most likely (sadly).

    Two additional articles about Joshua and the search for him are below. The first is a Christmas memory written by his mother, the second is an article from 2006 or so about the search.



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    by the bay
    still missing: http://staugustine.com/slideshow/fea...ersons#slide-6

    Reported missing: 11/04/00 Joshua left work early and parked his vehicle near the beach near the 300 block of Roscoe Blvd. N. His shoes were located at the beach. Though there have been extensive searches conducted by law enforcement, Joshua’s whereabouts remain unknown. GENDER: Male RACE: White DOB: 11/04/77 HEIGHT: 5’ 10” WEIGHT: 150 HAIR: Black, medium-length, very curly EYES: Brown CLOTHING DESCRIPTION: Brown baggy pants / Brown or dark colored T-shirt / White tennis shoes


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