- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 16, 2002

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Four college-age adults have gone missing in the past few weeks in Minnesota and Wisconsin, all after leaving a bar or a party, and their families said they suspect a link.

The relatives met here Thursday to urge police to step up their investigation, which they said has lagged because the missing are adults.

"Seems like this stuff's all got to be connected somehow," said Brian Guimond, the father of Josh Guimond, a 20-year-old St. John's University student.

The four disappeared within 170 miles of one another.

Josh Guimond was last seen about midnight Saturday as he left a party on the Collegeville, Minn., campus, about 70 miles west of Minneapolis. Divers searched a nearby lake, and dozens of state National Guard soldiers were called in, but they have not found anything.

He was the fourth young adult reported missing since Oct. 30, when 21-year-old Erika Marie Dalquist was last seen leaving a Brainerd bar with a man. Miss Dalquist is the only one who isn't in college. She worked at a telemarketing company and dreamed of one day going into the military.

The next night, Christopher Jenkins, a 21-year-old senior at the University of Minnesota, disappeared after leaving a Halloween party at a Minneapolis bar.

A week later, Michael J. Noll, a junior at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, was last seen leaving a local bar on his 22nd birthday.

The families said they believed authorities would have been quicker to respond to the cases if the missing people were a few years younger.

"I think it's painfully evident these are kids," said Mr. Jenkins' mother, Jan Jenkins.


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