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Josh Guimond vanished 15 years ago today; the case is still a mystery

Investigators want help as they renew the search for the former St. John's student.

The Stearns County sheriff put out an alert Thursday about a missing person, exactly 15 years after he was last seen. 

Josh Guimond, a 20-year-old junior at St. John's University, left a card game with friends on campus a little after midnight on November 9, 2002. 

The next evening his friends reported him missing. An investigation into what happened to Josh began that night – and it still continues today, with no solid leads discovered in the intervening years. 

On the 15th anniversary of his disappearance, a statement from Sheriff Don Gudmundson said the case remains open and active. 

Anyone with information about it should call investigators at 320-259-3700 or email sheriff@co.stearns.mn.us.

What we know about the case

It isn't much. Just that he left that card party and hasn't been since since then. 

It would have taken about three minutes to walk from there to his on-campus apartment and WCCO says Guimond did not have a jacket, car keys, or a credit card with him – so he probably didn't plan on going far. 

"He was set up and grabbed"

His father, Brian Guimond, quickly became frustrated with the sheriff's office and St. John's over the investigation of the case. 

He tells MPR News authorities immediately focused on the idea that Josh fell into a lake and drowned. 

But Brian Guimond thinks his son was abducted, telling MPR: "He was set up and grabbed. There's all kinds of human trafficking going on, sex slaves, all that crap. Nobody wants to talk about. That's real. It's happening." 

Lead investigator Zach Sorenson of the sheriff's office said: "I'm not able to exclude any possibility as to what happened or didn't happen to Joshua because we don't have the answers as to where he is."

Brian Guimond tells WCCO Josh was an honor student at St. John's and in high school, where he was president of his class at Maple Lake High and was voted Most Likely to Succeed. 

A Friday evening prayer service for Josh at Holy Cross Church in Maple Lake is open to the public, the station says. 

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