So a couple weeks ago I was contacted by a man named Kenny, he is the brother of a local, missing man named Joshua Wright. I had posted a couple articles about some unidentified skeletal remains that were found in the South Fairmount area of Cincinnati and Kenny had seen the posts. He contacted me to let me know it was his family who had found the remains, while searching for his missing brother Josh.
Kenny told me Josh has been missing for over a year and although the family has done everything by the book, they have received little assistance from local law enforcement.
Throughout our communications I have come to realize this family has left no stone unturned, literally. I mean, they’ve gone as far as recovering somebody else’s skeletal remains! Those remains were later identified through the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office as belonging to 67 year old Gary Boyd. Sadly, Mr. Boyd’s case is another one that’s loaded with unanswered questions, but that’s another story for another day.
Today I want to do what I can to get the word out about Joshua Lee Wright, a loving son, brother and father of three. The media coverage over the past 13 months has been scant at best with the majority of it tethered to the Gary Boyd story.
It is my hope that we can breathe new life into this mystery.
Friday, February 2, 2018 4:30pm
Josh is in good spirits as he leaves his brother Kenny’s house
Friday, February 2, 2018 5:30pm
Josh speaks to Kenny on the phone
Friday, February 2, 2018 9:30pm
Josh speaks to his father over the phone.
That’s the last time Josh’s family will have contact with him.
Saturday, February 3, 2018 1:00am
Growing concerned, the family ascertains Josh’s phone pinged around the area of Hollywood Casino in Indiana via his Google account which was still visible from his sister’s laptop.
Saturday, February 3, 2018 10:00
As text and calls to Josh go unanswered, family begins calling around looking for him as it is abnormal to not be in frequent communication.
Sunday, February 4, 2018 various times
A family member receives a mysterious call from a blocked number stating that “Josh is dead and his body will not be found.”
Monday, February 5, 2018
Family files missing persons report with Cincinnati Police Department.
Tuesday, February 7, 2018
The truck that Josh was driving is recovered outside a vacant house where the front door appeared to have been kicked in. It was backed into a small driveway and super close to the house, obscuring the vehicle due to traffic patterns that had changed because of a detour. Kenny said he was certain the vehicle was parked by Josh. The truck had 2 bullet holes in the side that appeared to have been fired at the vehicle.
Tuesday, February 7, 2018 (approximate)
Truck is taken into evidence by Cincinnati Police, presumably for testing and evidence collection.
First week of April 2018
Truck is returned to family, quite messy but with no visible signs of evidence collection, fingerprint analysis, nothing missing, etc. The family finds 2 shell casings in the bed of the truck and a mystery phone under the seat that did not belong to Josh, when family tried to return this evidence the police missed, they said it was irrelevant.
Sept 29, 2018
A Facebook page is created to help spread the word regarding Joshua’s disappearance.
October 16, 2018
A podcast was produced by ‘Missing in Ohio’ to help the family get the word out about Josh’s disappearance.
October 16, 2018 some time after 10pm
The truck is vandalized outside the residence of Joshua’s father. The prolific damage appears to have been caused by a baseball bat.
October 20, 2018
A follow up podcast was produced by ‘Missing in Ohio’ to share some information about taunting messages and memes being sent to the ‘Help Find Joshua Wright’ Facebook page. The podcast also covered the fact that the truck had been vandalized.
The family receives an anonymous call from a blocked number telling them to search the woods behind a property located on Lionel Avenue for Joshua’s remains.
On the one year anniversary of Josh’s disappearance the family searches the woods behind a home on Lionel Avenue after getting permission from the homeowner. It doesn’t take them long to find a human skull and several other bones. Police are notified and the bones are sent to the coroner for identification. They are identified as the remains of Gary Boyd. if you want to read more about that case it is linked here.