- Apr 14, 2014
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I sense a huge shortcoming on behalf of the stearns county investigative unit to share and find more information in this case.
Well, there was at least one that appeared to be about as sociopathic as it gets. Like a snake in the grass. Who knows what set of sordid circumstances could have occurred to snuff out the life of a victim. I look at this case through a lense of what is known, primarily, that young men were surrounded by deceitful, deviant men who were largely allowed free reign of the campus. The mind can stretch just as far for this theory as it can for the notion of Josh walking/falling into a lake. The enormous, seemingly insurmountable problem we have here is what we have not been told and may never be able to know. I still hate thinking about everything the sheriff and FBI knew about the Wetterling case and didn't act on for almost thirty years. This is the same sheriff who oversaw the primary search for Josh. Now Josh and his family are suffering the same fate. We are now closing in on year 18 with no answers and no progress in sight. A miracle could happen and someone could come forward with information. Who knows, maybe they already did and the information they gave was minimized/disregarded. Does anyone here know if a FOIA was filed for Josh's case?
Minnesota Statute 13.82
COMPREHENSIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT DATA
§ Subd. 7.Criminal investigative data.
Except for the data defined in subdivisions 2, 3, and 6, investigative data collected or created by a law enforcement agency in order to prepare a case against a person, whether known or unknown, for the commission of a crime or other offense for which the agency has primary investigative responsibility are confidential or protected nonpublic while the investigation is active. Inactive investigative data are public unless the release of the data would jeopardize another ongoing investigation or would reveal the identity of individuals protected under subdivision 17. Images and recordings, including photographs, video, and audio records, which are part of inactive investigative files and which are clearly offensive to common sensibilities are classified as private or nonpublic data, provided that the existence of the images and recordings shall be disclosed to any person requesting access to the inactive investigative file. An investigation becomes inactive upon the occurrence of any of the following events:
(a) a decision by the agency or appropriate prosecutorial authority not to pursue the case;
(b) expiration of the time to bring a charge or file a complaint under the applicable statute of limitations, or 30 years after the commission of the offense, whichever comes earliest; or
(c) exhaustion of or expiration of all rights of appeal by a person convicted on the basis of the investigative data.
You'll know... unfortunately it'll be another 12 years.
I’ve been reading all the responses. And like many I love listening to true crime podcasts. I have listened to a few regarding this case. But I feel if more true crime podcasts covered this , and give it another look it could really help the case. One guy I would love to look at this case is Payne Lindsey ! He has a true crime podcast called up and Vanished along with a show on oxygen. I’ll submit this case to a few podcasts and hope they pick it up.
One thing that still haunts me is the phone call Josh's late grandpa received in which an anonymous caller asked him how much money it would take for him to stop looking into Josh's case.
I’m from Minnesota, this case has always bothered me, unfortunately In Minnesota for a very long time when a collage guy goes missing after a party or get together the police always used the go to “he drowned on his way home” Or “he got lost on way home and fell in the river” for many years rumors were that he was intoxicated and fell in the river on the way home. In the early 2000’s is when there were quite a few men who went missing after parties and only a few were actually found in the river. Either way I feel there is more to Joshua’s case, over 300 files on his computer were deleted after his disappearance, I wonder what those were?