Joshua Cheney Guimond was born on June 18, 1982. An only child raised in Maple Lake, Minnesota, Josh's high school class selected him both as Class President and as Most Likely to Succeed.
Josh attended Saint John's University, a private men's college in central Minnesota. He majored in Political Science. By his junior year, Josh was Treasurer of the Pre-Law Society and Co-Captain of the Mock Trial team.
After college, Josh planned to go to law school and work in public service - ultimately, as a political leader.
The week he vanished, Josh was gathering support to apply for the Truman Scholarship, the nation's premier scholarship for students entering public service.
Everyone who met Josh described him as intensely focused and motivated. In a nod to his ambitions, Josh's email was email@example.com.
Josh's mom often lovingly joked that, one day, she would live in the west wing of Josh's mansion.
On November 9, 2002, something happened to Josh that destroyed all of those dreams and more.
Saint John's University
~11:10 p.m., Nov. 9, 2002
Josh leaves his dorm and, along with his friends Alex and Greg, makes the five-minute walk to their friend Nate's dorm for a card party.
I believe, based on what I’ve learned throughout my life and my experiences, that politics is people working and interacting together for some common good or purpose. I am a political person because I have worked with others and plan to continue to work with others in order to help people better their lives.
I am here at Saint John’s in order to arm myself with the necessary tools I’ll need to accomplish my goals. How it all fits together, I believe, will not be revealed until after I have graduated and start to accomplish the goals I have set forth for myself.
However, I will make the assurance that I will do my absolute best with the knowledge and skills I have and will learn in order to accomplish these goals.
- Joshua Guimond