Still no trace of Joshua Miller four months after bar fight

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Searchers fail to find clues about whereabouts of missing man

Joshua Miller, 20, has been missing since a night out on George Street in St. John’s in February. — Submitted photo

Four months after a popular young man got into a scuffle on the George Street bar strip in St. John’s, he seems to have vanished.

Searchers say they’ve come up empty and have no fresh clues that might help them find 20-year-old Joshua Miller.

Friends have said they put him in a cab alone outside a George Street bar early on the morning of Feb. 8 after Miller was kicked in the head during a drunken fight.

Searchers repeatedly scoured backyards, sheds and a heavily wooded area of the east end of St. John’s where police say Miller was last seen.

“It’s unusual that we’ve found absolutely no evidence,” said

Sgt. Hubert Hall, search and rescue co-ordinator for the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

Miller, who worked at a George Street bar and had a second job to pay his way through school, has a wide circle of friends who were out in all kinds of weather trying to find him.

Hall said an extensive ground search Feb. 10, the day Miller was reported missing, was followed the next day by a mounted unit that went over the area. A canine unit and a helicopter joined in Feb. 12 and there was another expanded ground search March 5, he said.

When the snow cleared, an even bigger search April 27 involved about 60 people, most of them volunteers from the Newfoundland and Labrador Search and Rescue Association and other regional groups, Hall said.

 

“There was no clues or evidentiary value that would assist in the investigation.”

Harry Blackmore, co-ordinator of the local Rovers Search and Rescue team, took part in all five efforts.

“We’ve checked every backyard, sheds, under different things that we could get at through all kinds of wooded areas, every kind of path that you could think of,” he said.

“We broadened our search into the heavy woods where rabbits got a job to run, but people went through it.”

The area where Miller was last seen has been “saturated” using a grid approach in which searchers walk closely together in lines, Blackmore said.

“We’ve exhausted every avenue that we can from the search and rescue part of it as to where he could have went. All we know is that he was dropped off on the street and we start from there.

“If we found a clue belonged to him, we would definitely do another search. But until something shows, I don’t think there will be any other searches done right now, anyway.”

A spokeswoman for the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said the investigation continues, but there is no new information to report.

Peter Brushett, Miller’s boss at The Martini Bar on George Street, said friends and co-workers have kept in touch with police for any news.

“Josh was a good kid,” Brushett said. “I mean, he was working his way through school same as any other typical, young 20-year-old. And he was just a really good guy.”

Blackmore said his team has done all it can and is ready to head out again at the first request from investigators.

“We’ve dealt with the family ourselves as a search team,” he said of Miller’s closest supporters and loved ones. “And the family knows we’ve done everything we could do.”

Miller is described as about 6-1 and 185 pounds with blue eyes and short, sandy-coloured hair. Police say that at the time of his disappearance he was wearing jeans and a black T-shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Search and Rescue Association, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: George Street

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  • RONA Co-Worker
    June 13, 2013 - 14:30

    Miss you everyday, Josh. Not a day has gone by that I haven't thought about you & wondered where you are.

  • original townie
    June 13, 2013 - 06:45

    @ Brittany....only in NL would you kidnap somebody and after four months, still no ramson note. Funny! What would be the reason for such a kidnapping? Doesn't sound as though money is the reason. I think you are watching too much CSI.

  • JAMAP
    June 12, 2013 - 14:57

    Its too bad he hasn't been found for closure for family and friends. I understand he worked at Kent as well ....he could have gone over there and gotten in a dumpster for warmth....or in either store in that area. There are many possibilities, disappearing without a trace is very unusual.

  • Brittany
    June 12, 2013 - 14:00

    Wishing josh would come home safe. I know everyone may assume hes dead but theres still hope. With newfoundland being so messed up nowadays whos to say someone didnt kidnapped him.. Where ever you are josh come home.

  • c
    June 12, 2013 - 13:08

    There has been no transactions on his bank or credit card accounts since that day. Where he was dropped off, there is so many different places he could have walked to. He was close to the Outer Ring Road, He could have went to outercove, could have went the other way and ended up on Torbay road...such a wide variety of places he could have went. Hope for his family sakes they just find something to get some closure at least :(

  • James
    June 12, 2013 - 12:10

    I have to agree with Jack. Got dropped off in wrong area, in the bag, started hoofing it and decided to lie down for a nap and froze to death. I figured he would be found once the snow started melting.

  • D
    June 12, 2013 - 10:40

    Jack, I agree that that the taxi driver warrants further investigation but please don't throw all 'old school' cabbies into the same group. I'm 27 years at taxiing and the last thing I would do is throw any intoxicated person out of my car into freezing weather if they weren't properly dressed. If he got out on his own volition that is different. I think the driver should be polygraphed, that's for sure. You do get a little hardened by some of the people we're forced to deal with, but there is a certain standard of decency and care, regardless of how big an asshole a passenger might be.

  • Ryan
    June 12, 2013 - 10:02

    How about they check his banking info, see if there are any recent transactions. Go from there, anyone check the field on snows lane?

  • lauraa
    June 12, 2013 - 09:46

    How about checking with the cab company that they put him in? Someone must have information...I hope they find the young Man.

  • jack
    June 12, 2013 - 08:04

    i d totally investigate the taxi driver ,,, being a driver , i knows how some of them guys work ,,, and if he didnt have the money or passed out the driver could of dropped him off anywhere ,, thats just the way them old school drivers are ,,,