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Once Again, Another College Student Missing – Where is William Jacobson?

Posted by KindraLore on April 30, 2008

William Jacobson Missing

Update 4/30/08 8:06PM

Update from a poster. See post #10. It states:

Friends of Willie Says:
April 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm e

The Ithaca Police and New York State Police have determined that there was no foul play involved. Meaning that there is no connection to the alleged “Smiley Face Murders”. Please see this post in our blog.

Click here for Link to Blog

 

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Update 4/30/08 12:24PM

The body of missing college student William Jacobson in a small pond on campus. Complete article here.

My thoughts and prayers are with William’s family and friends.

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Orginal Blog

If any of you have followed my blogs, you know that I have continuously pointed out what a strange “coincidence” it is that so many of our young college aged men have turned up missing. Most of the time they have came from a bar or party, sometime after midnight and somehow end up alone.

On April 27th, 19-year-old William “Willie” Jacobson disappeared from Ithaca, NY after previously attending a party. According to reports, William was last seen walking away from the party around 4:00AM and was believed that he was returning to his dorm room on campus.

According to William’s friend CJ Knowles who was one of the last people to see him before he disappeared, “We have kind of a student effort going on right now. We’ve spent all of last night searching through the woods probably about 40 of us organized last night,” Knowles said.

Jacobson’s friends describe him as a “serial text messager.” When nobody received a message in a few days, they knew they had a problem.

His friends took matters into their own hands after filing a police report, setting up a Facebook alert, and posting fliers. Firefighters, police and volunteers trek through the woods looking for 19-year old Ithaca College freshmen William Jacobson.

Nearly one hundred people are involved in the search.

“Predominately the areas surrounding Ithaca college that a pedestrian could reach on foot. There’s a lot of wooded area in this immediate area. And a lot of hiking trails in the area” says Ithaca Police Chief Ed Vallely.

Police say Jacobsen has been known hike, especially in the South Hill area.

Jacobson was dressed like William Shakespeare as the party was a costume party. The picture shown was taken that night and he was dressed with black slacks, a white button down shirt, dark blue vest and dress shoes.

If you know or see anything you contact police at 607-272-3245, or public safety at 607-274-3333.

Links and Articles:
Search continues for missing IC student
Search Is On For Missing College Student

*As a sidenote, I have received numerous emails in the past few days regarding the “Smiley Face Gang” and the fact that we may be on to something with these disappearances and drownings being connected. I am NOT saying this disappearance is, but I wanted to address it to let you all know that yes, I am aware of the articles. The latest one can be found here.

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March 2008 – This Month’s Featured Case – Joshua Cheney Guimond

Posted by KindraLore on February 28, 2008

This Month’s Featured Case

March 2008

Joshua Cheney Guimond

Josh Guimond
Josh Guimond

In my search for information about some of the missing college students I have blogged about recently, I have found many college-age men missing. It’s actually quite shocking to me as I wonder how much is too much for a percentage to be just pure coincidence.

This Month’s Featured Case is about one of those young men. Within two weeks after Halloween in 2002, three college-aged men went missing in a relatively small area of one another.

Chris Jenkins
Chris Jenkins

Chris Jenkins disappeared Halloween night in 2002. Jenkins, 21, was last seen alive at the Lone Tree Bar in Minneapolis. He was a senior and co-captain and goalie of the lacrosse team at the University of Minnesota. At the time of his disappearance he was wearing an American Indian costume. Jenkins left the bar alone in the early hours and some reports state he could have been thrown out of the bar and not allowed back in. His body was found four months later along the Mississippi River. His death was later determined to be a homicide.

Michael Noll
Michael Noll

Three days after Jenkins, 80 miles east on I-94, Michael Noll, a senior at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, disappeared after leaving a college bar. Noll was last seen leaving Nasty Habit Saloon on Water Street between 11:00 and 11:30 p.m. November 6, 2002 after celebrating his 22nd birthday. Like Jenkins, he too left the bar alone in the early hours of the morning intoxicated. Reports state Noll subsequently walked into the house of a neighbor, who told him to leave. His baseball cap was found on her lawn. His body would be later found in the Chippewa River. Noll’s death is believed to be from an apparent drowning but others believe he was murdered.

The Disappearance

Then there was the third. 20-year-old Joshua Cheney Guimond was a Junior and honor student at St John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. On November 9, 2002 Josh attended a small gathering with some friends at Metten Court on the north end of the St. John’s University campus. The last time anyone saw Josh was around 11:00PM that evening. According to reports, he left to go to the bathroom and never returned.

Joshua Missing
Josh Guimond

When he did not return, his friends assumed he walked back to his apartment which would have been a three minute walk. They called but received no answer and assumed he had gone to bed. However, when Josh failed to attend a school function the following day and there was no sign of him, his friends reported him missing.

Josh Guimond’s car was found on campus undisturbed. All his belongings including credit cards and eyeglasses were found in his apartment. At the time of his disappearance, Josh was not wearing a winter jacket nor was he dressed for the cold temperatures of November. Josh had vanished without a trace.

Once Again – Connections or Coincidence?

Many linked these three cases together, as the improbability of so many disappearances in such a short period of time and in such a small area seemed slim. All three men were around the same age, height and build. Their schools — the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, St. John’s University in Collegeville and the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire — all lie close to Interstate Highway 94.

Josh’s family maintains that he would never disappear on his own and friends spoke of him in high regard and Josh’s roommate described him as a ”brilliant student of the law. Fellow band geek. Shrewd politician. A young man with the brightest of futures”. According to all that knew him, Josh had dreams of going to law school one day, had a bright future ahead of him and would never take off on his own nor take his own life.

Authorities however believe that Josh may have been intoxicated and fallen into a body of water and drowned. Neither his body nor any evidence of that has ever been found.

Another theory is that Josh committed suicide. He and his girlfriend of five years had recently broken up. She states that the two had remained friends.

Paul Cheney, Joshua Guimond’s uncle, said he saw similarities in the disappearances. ‘‘Josh and Chris Jenkins look a lot alike,” Mr. Cheney said. ‘‘The three boys have the same build, same height, same coloring. Josh is about 5 feet 10, 170 pounds, with an athletic build. All were well-known on campus, outgoing, bright kids with good grade point averages.”

Where it Stands

The death of Chris Jenkins has never been solved. Joshua Guimond remains missing. The Jenkins family hired a private investigator soon after their son disappeared. Originally when Chris’ body was found, the case had been ruled a drowning. However in 2006, police held a press conference and apologized to the Jenkins family and officially ruled his death a homicide. His case remains open.

Michael Noll’s death was thought to be a drowning but there has been no evidence to conclude what happened the night that he went missing.

The family of Josh Guimond continue the search for their son. On a website devoted to finding their son they state:

Josh did not leave of his own free will. He was without his car, glasses or a coat warm enough for the weather. None of his credit cards have been used and there has been no contact with any friends or family members since that day. Please be on the look-out for Josh. Please let us know if you see him or if you know anything related to his disappearance which might help us find him.

Related Links:

Footprints At The River’s Edge
U student’s death declared a homicide
Find Joshua.com
Four missing people — just a tragic coincidence?

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More College Students Missing Without a Trace – Nicholas Garza & Michael Barbiere

Posted by KindraLore on February 23, 2008

Update 4/7/08 11:06AM

A body has been found matching the description of  Michael Barbiere. There is no sign of foul play and an autopsy has been scheduled for either Monday or Tuesday. Read complete article here.

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Update 3/28/08 4:20PM

As the snow on the Middlebury campus grounds melts, the mystery of where Nick Garza is deepens.

Once again, on Thursday a large scale ground search was conducted for the 19 year old college student, or at least clues to his whereabouts. Still, after missing for a month authorities still have no clue where the young man disappeared to.

Read complete article here.

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UPDATE 3/14/08 4:48PM

I received an email this morning from a family member of Michael Barbiere about some of the details that have been misconstrued in the media or are just plain false

The following are facts that need to be cleared up in the case of Mike and his disappearance:

  1. Although Mike was drinking the night he went missing, he did NOT have 20 drinks, and in fact was seen in numerous pictures taken and from onward he was drinking WATER.
  2. Mike was wearing an arctic snow-mobile type jacket and hat when he left the bar so he was dressed appropriately for the weather.

There was also mention that within the past few weeks another man (29 year old) has gone missing in Breckenridge as well as a young woman being drugged and raped

I will look into those instances later this eve and possibly update on that. However, I did want to make these facts known, as I know its very important for the families of the missing to have the most accurate information out as possible.
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Update 2/28/08 3:41PM

Update on Michael Barbiere. Nick’s mother went to Colorado looking for clues and information on what happened to her son. Police suspended the search for Barbiere after finding no evidence of his whereabouts. During the search, 58 searchers and three dogs found no clues as to where he went.

There is currently a $10,000 reward for the missing man. More here.

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Update 2/27/08 10:38PM

An update on this case for Nick Garza. Texas EquuSearch will be aiding in the search for Nicholas Garza and going to Vermont. According to a family member, their arrival has been hampered by the weather. I will update when there is more information available.

There is also a $20,000 reward for information leading to Nick’s whereabouts. Please go to NicholasGarza.org for more information.

See video below regarding Nick Garza’s disappearance.

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Original Blog

Is it just me or does anyone else start to see a pattern here? Is it far-fetched or just coincidence that young college age men are disappearing never to be found again?

As I blogged in the Brian Shaffer case and again with Kyle Fleischmann and Justin Gaines. Again with Joshua Szostak, all of these guys are young college students, missing after leaving a party or a bar. Matthew Wilson is another one that vanished recently and the only one that was not reported leaving a bar, party or social event. Where are they going?

Nick Garza

On February 5th Nicholas Garza was last seen around 11:30PM after a social gathering at Middlebury College in Vermont. He was last seen leaving Allen Hall where his dorm room was not wearing a winter coat, his coat later to be found in his room. Reports state he only spent a half and hour at the nearby dorm and was not drinking alcohol. Cell phone records indicate that Nick called a friend shortly after leaving the social gathering but that the friend did not pick up. His cell phone has not been used since.With lots of snow and temperatures dipping into the single digits, it was doubtful he would have been out in the elements for long without a winter jacket. His possessions such as his laptop and ipod remained in his dorm room.

According to reports, Natalie Garza of Albuquerque, N.M., and Nicholas’ mother had not heard from him since February 5th. With the college’s winter break into full swing, being from January 31st to February 10th, Nicholas was not reported missing until a full five days later as it was thought that Nicholas may of left campus for break. Natalie Garza notified campus security Sunday, February 10th when she had not heard from her son in a full week.

Nick was described by family and friends as a good student, highly motivated, a non-partier, a kid who spoke with his mother nearly every day, and a college freshman with a lot of friends.

“He is a socially well-adapted, level-headed child who has a lot to give to this world and really wanted to come here to learn,” his mother, Natalie Garza, said on Wednesday.

Nothing about Nick Garza’s character suggests he would ever run away or hitch a ride with a stranger. No history of mental illness or drug and alcohol problems. No reason to disappear.

“We have found nothing on the background we’ve done on him through family or other students or former acquaintances that anyone had any issues at all. He seemed to be a fairly normal student,” said Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley.

Search crews combed the 350-acre campus but found no sign of Nick Garza.

Police have continued to search snow piles in a number of areas on the campus, looking for Garza or any evidence that might lead to his recovery, Middlebury Police Officer Vegar Boe said.

“Because of all the snow that’s been plowed, those piles are being carefully taken apart,” he said Sunday.

On February 19th over 200 students, faculty and members of the community held a vigil for the freshman college student. Attendees wrote message to the Garza family and lit candles in front of the Mead Chapel.

There have been no leads as to where the 19-year-old has gone.

Michael Barbiere

Alphonse “Michael” Barbiere, 23, has been missing since early Friday, February 8th when friends said he left a bar in blizzard conditions around 1:30AM after having at least 20 drinks at a martini bar in Breckenridge, Colo . Barbiere, who is from New Jersey, was vacationing with friends.

Although more than 2000 miles apart, like Nick Garza, Mike Barbiere left late at night in the snowy conditions without a winter coat. Since Mike’s disappearance many have come forward from the bar he was last seen. None are considered suspects.

Search and rescue teams from as far away as Fort Collins looked all over the Breckenridge area have searched for the 23-year-old man, but found no signs of Michael Barbiere. According to reports I have read, police have written Mike off as being drunk and succumbing to the elements.

Barbiere’s older brother, Bob, said his family is offering $10,000 to anyone with information on his whereabouts.

There have been no signs or leads as to where any of these young men have gone.

Also, while I’m comparing the cases, is it me or do these four guys (Kyle Fleischmann, Justin Gaines, Michael Barbiere and Brian Shaffer) not bare a striking resemblance to each other?

Missing Men

*2/25/08 11:23PM

Normally I put updates at the top of my blogs, but I feel it flows better with this story here. One thing that just dawned on me is this: Justin Gaines was last seen at Wild Bill’s in Duluth, GA on Thursday night, November 1st. (Technically Friday morning at 2:00AM). Kyle Fleischmann disappeared from Buckhead Saloon in Charlotte, NC in the early morning hours of Friday morning at 2:15AM (was at the club also on a Thursday night) on 11/9/07.

Michael Barbiere went missing EARLY Friday morning around 1:30AM. Justin Gaines went missing EARLY Friday (or for those of us that haven’t gone to bed still Thursday, Kyle – same thing. All of them on Thursday night/early Friday morning. All of them the first week of the month.

Brian Shaffer disappeared Friday night (or early Saturday morning – last seen at 1:15AM) on 3/31/06 OR 4/01/06 if you want to get technical (as far as it being the early morning). Also the first week of the month.

In other words, 3 of these guys went missing on the first Thursday night, all technically Friday morning of the month between 1:30 and 2:15AM. One of them was on a Friday night technically Saturday morning (still the first week of the month) at 1:15AM.


Links and Articles:
Two Missing Men Are Likely Buried in Snow
College holds vigil for student
8 Women Come Forward; Still No Clues To Missing Man

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