Parents renew appeal for information 12 years since son vanished


The family of Josh Guimond have renewed their appeal for new information about their son's whereabouts, as they prepare for the 12th anniversary of his disappearance.

The college student was 20-years-old when he was last seen at a party near St John's University in Collegeville, near St. Cloud, on November 9, 2002.

Although there have been no new leads in the case, his parents have never given up on finding their son, according to KSTP, and will be holding their annual church vigil in Maple Lake, Minnesota, Monday night.

"He was just a good kid," his mother, Lisa Cheney, told the station. "He had a purpose. He had things he wanted to do in life, so I really don't think that he just ran away. I don't think he would do that to his family, his friends ... himself."

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The college junior was studying political science at the college at the time of his disappearance, ABC6 reports. He vanished while walking back after the party to his dorm, in which his wallet and keys were found undisturbed.

His disappearance was recently featured on NBC's Cold Case Spotlight, which also highlighted the fact that just seven miles away from the spot Guimond disappeared was the spot where 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling is believed to have been abducted 25 years ago.

The Wetterling family last month renewed their appeal for information about his whereabouts to mark the 25th anniversary since his abduction.

KSTP says Cheney has called on her son's friends to think back to 12 years ago to see if they remember anything that they hadn't thought of before.

A prayer service for Josh Guimond will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Maple Lake.

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