Joshua Bryan Smith

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Above Images: Smith, circa 2000

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 4, 2000 from Ponte Vedra, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 4, 1977
  • Age: 23 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 140 - 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Smith's hair is curly. He had a full beard at the time of his 2000 disappearance. Smith's nickname is Josh.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Baggy brown shorts, a dark-colored t-shirt and white Tommy Hilfiger sneakers.
  • Medical Conditions: Smith was taking anti-depressant medication at the time of his disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Smith worked out with his father at The Lodge at Ponte Vedra Beach in Ponte Vedra, Florida on November 4, 2000, which was his 23rd birthday. Smith attended a movie and had dinner later during the day at the Tinsel Town complex. He was employed at Lulu's Restaurant on Roscoe Road and worked his evening shift as scheduled. Smith's younger brother dropped off a birthday gift of $60 during the evening.

    Smith parked his 1994 Ford Ranger in the 600 block of Ponte Vedra Boulevard shortly after his shift ended. He was last seen walking through the lobby of The Lodge at Ponte Vedra Beach near his vehicle at approximately 8:30 p.m. His relatives were members of the club at the time. Smith has never been heard from again.

    Smith's family reported him as a missing person to authorities when he failed to return to their residence on Greencrest Drive that night. Authorities initiated a search for Smith at approximately 6:00 a.m. on November 5, the morning after his disappearance. Smith's father located his son's vehicle in its parking place near The Lodge. The truck was locked and Smith's wallet and cash were inside the Ford Ranger, but the vehicle's keys were missing. There was no sign of foul play at the scene. Smith's sneakers were discovered on the beach approximately 20 feet from The Lodge. Search dogs traced his scent one-half mile from the location of his sneakers down the beach, but no additional evidence was uncovered. Authorities told his loved ones that evidence would have washed ashore if Smith drowned in the area, but nothing was located.

    Smith played soccer in college. He cut his hair in preparation for a new job when he moved back into his family's Marsh Landing, Florida residence in 2000. Smith attended Flager College in St. Augustine, Florida for over two years. He resided in the school's dormitory for one year and later moved into an apartment on Anastasia Island. Smith decided to change his major to coaching in 2000 and left Flager College in the spring. His family members said it is extremely uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    St. Johns County Sheriff's Office
    904-824-8304

    OR
    904-824-9099

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    Source Information
    Rino Kids Online
    Child Protection Education Of America
    The National Center for Missing Adults
    The St. Augustine Record
    Help Find The Missing
    Florida Department Of Law Enforcement
    The Justice Coalition
    WAWS Fox 30

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 14, 2006; details of disappearance updated.

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