Josh Wellman

Josh Wellman went missing
Nov. 12, 2015.

Joshua Ryan Wellman

Missing Person

Joshua Ryan Wellman
Age at Report: 35
Date of Birth: July 29, 1980
Weight: 175 lbs.
Height: 5’05”
Race: White
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Sex: Male
Incident Type: Other adult missing
Missing From: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Linn County
Investigating Agency: Cedar Rapids Police Department
Agency Case Number: 201516983
NamUs Case Number: MP55642
Distinctive Physical Features: Tattoos on arms
Last Seen Alive: November 12, 2015

 

Joshua R. Wellman, a 35-year-old Vinton native, was reported missing to the Cedar Rapids Police Department on Monday, November 16, 2015.

Josh Wellman tattoo

Tattoo on Josh Wellman’s right shoulder

His mother, Teresa Walton, and sister, Shawna Hunziker, last saw him around 11 a.m. Thursday, November 12, 2015, when they dropped him off at the Cedar Rapids Area Substance Abuse Center.

Josh was last seen alive on a surveillance camera at the US Cellular Building in Cedar Rapids later that same day. He has not been seen since.

Left arm tattoo on Josh Wellman

Josh Wellman left arm tattoo

Josh has three tattoos, which include an unknown tattoo on his upper right arm; an unknown tattoo on his lower left arm; and a tattoo on his right arm that spells the word “HOPE.”

Josh Wellman tattoo

Josh Wellman HOPE tattoo

In an email to Iowa Cold Cases on April 15, 2019, Josh’s friend, Linnea Hite, described him as a very devoted father who never would have left his babies willingly, no matter what.

“I was there at the birth of his last daughter and saw him with her in the following months and you could not have seen a prouder father,” Linnea said. “He had her name tattooed on him before she even arrived in this world.”

Linnea also regrets the memories the young girl never got to make.

“It’s been almost four years. She will be ready to start school this year and has no memory of the man whose face would light up the room with his incredible smile and most certainly because of his children,” she told ICC. “They deserve to know what happened to their father and his family deserves some closure.”

The following news media stories cover the events since Josh disappeared, and are listed in chronological order.


No word: Vinton native Joshua Wellman still missing

By Vinton Today
January 4, 2016

The holidays were a difficult time for Vinton resident Shawna Hunziker and her family. Shawna’s brother, Joshua Wellman, has not been heard from since Nov. 11.

Joshua Wellman missing poster

Josh Wellman’s friends and family have distributed this poster in efforts to locate him.

“I dropped him of at the ASAC office in Cedar Rapids,” says Joshua’s mom, Teresa Walton.

Later that day, Teresa returned home to see that Josh had gone to a store – probably Wal-Mart – and bought a stuffed animal for his daughter.

The family has not heard from him since.

“He would never just leave like that without telling anyone where he was going,” says Shawna.

The family reported Josh missing to the Cedar Rapids Police Department on Nov. 16. A police spokesperson says the department has heard nothing since then.

Shawna said she tried to call Josh’s phone the day he disappeared, but it went straight to voice mail. His mother said he did not seem upset, nor had she noticed any changes in his life that seemed to bother him.

All of Joshua’s things were still in his mom’s house, where he had been staying. His bicycle was also still at her residence.

Josh’s family says he enjoys spending time with his daughter, camping, fishing and playing Frisbee golf.

“We miss him and love him,” says his mom.


Vinton native still missing after six weeks

By Jim Morrison, News Editor | Vinton Newspapers
January 5, 2016

VINTON – The search continues for a Vinton native who has been missing for more than six weeks. (Subscription required by communitynewspapergroup.com to continue reading article.)


Family of Missing Man Searches for Answers

By Brea Love, KCRG-TV9
Posted: Mon 3:44 AM, Feb 15, 2016
Updated: Mon 7:12 AM, Feb 15, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) – 35-year-old Vinton native Joshua Wellman was last seen after he was dropped off at the Cedar Rapids Area Substance Abuse Center November 12.

His family hasn’t seen or heard from him since.

“There’s definitely something wrong,” Wellman’s step-father Dan Walton said. “He wouldn’t go a day without talking to his sister or his mother or something. That’s just not his nature.”

They reported him missing with Cedar Rapids police a couple days later. While investigators started their search, the Waltons did their own.

“We are trying, we keep getting lured from one end of the state to the other end of the state, which is a pack of lies, but we’re trying to get him located,” Walton said.

Police didn’t have any luck either. They searched the last known area, subpoenaed financial and phone records, and interviewed individuals. No evidence was found. Now they are taking a different approach.

“The individual is entered into the national crime center database, which is a good tool for helping to locate missing persons. If the missing adult has any contact with law enforcement in the United States, it will trigger a notification to the Cedar Rapids Police Department, and at this point that has not been fruitful,” Public Safety Information Officer Greg Buelow said.

Finding a missing adult can be difficult for law enforcement. Buelow said most cases fall within three categories, they either choose to leave, have a medical issue, or foul play can be involved.

CRPD said none of those are the case with Wellman, making this case even more challenging.

“We don’t have any evidence that he went voluntarily, we don’t have any that he went involuntarily,” Buelow said. “Police don’t give up on this thing, but obviously it’s got to be very frustrating for family members, we certainly understand that.”

Buelow said police are using all of the tools available to them, but the Walton family plans to continue their search.

“It’s quite obvious something has happened, let the family put him at rest,” Walton said.

They ask if anyone has any information to email them, or contact Cedar Rapids police.


Josh Wellman Family Still Seeking Answers for their Missing Son and Brother

‪By Vinton Today
March 4th, 2019‬

Just days after a missing Walker man’s body was found, another family is still searching for answers to find their missing loved one.

“Another day starts with no answers. That feeling in my heart is still there and will never go away. The same words race through my head every day all day… WHERE ARE YOU??? We all miss you so much,” said Shawna Hunziker on the Justice for Josh Wellman Facebook page.

Her brother Josh Wellman has just passed the 1,200 days missing milestone.

“Please,” she continued, “Please: If anyone knows anything, please, please, please contact the Cedar Rapids police. WE WILL NEVER STOP LOOKING.”

Joshua Wellman missing persons poster

(Courtesy Vinton Today)

Family friend Heather Tuttle is among those who are helping Shawna, and Josh’s mom, Teresa Walton, to keep Josh’s name and face in the public eye, as they look for answers for their own missing person case, and reach out to other families facing the same tragedy.

Josh was last seen around 11 a.m. on November 12, 2015. Teresa and Shawna had dropped [him] off at the ASAC office in Cedar Rapids. The last time he was seen was on a surveillance camera at the US Celluar building in Cedar Rapids later on that day. He has not been seen since.

On November 16, 2015 he was reported missing.

To help keep Josh’s face and name in the public, and to show their support for other families of missing persons, Josh’s friends and family are organizing a vigil. Plans continue for this event, scheduled for June 8, from 1-3 pm at Green Square Park in Cedar Rapids. The purpose of this event is to come together and remember all of Iowa’s missing people, and their families.

“It is as very important to Teresa to include all of the missing because she never wants another family to feel like she has felt when Josh’s story has been overlooked,” says Heather, who has spent hundreds of hours researching the stories of missing persons in our state. “It is unbelievable how many stories there are,” Heather continues. “It’s heartbreaking. You wouldn’t believe the hundreds of hours I have spent searching lost, missing and unidentified groups looking, hoping and praying to find Josh to bring my friends some peace.”

Teresa adds, “We want people to know that Josh was NOT disposable and that he IS loved and missed! I know he would never have deserted his family, especially his daughter. I just want answers. It has been over 3 years and we are not any closer to finding him then [sic] we were when he went missing. I miss him every day and if I could go back and relive that day, I would have hugged Josh and told him how much I loved him.”

To follow the page for Josh’s return, click here.

As the poster also mentioned, if you have ANY information about Joshua’s disappearance, contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at 319-286-5375.

You can also leave an anonymous tip at this website: www.missingandendangered.org


Information Needed

If you have any information about Joshua Wellman’s whereabouts, please contact Det. Matt Denlinger at the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5375.

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6 Responses to Joshua Wellman

  1. MikeD says:

    I’ve only recently became interested in Josh’s disappearance because of postings on Facebook and seeing the Facebook group. Crazy enough, I realized that I actually know him, but haven’t seen him since August of 1994. At that time he was living in a house sort of close to Seminole Valley Park in Cedar Rapids if I recall. I realize that date only because I remember Woodstock 1994 was going on and he said he wished he was there right now.

    I have so many questions the Facebook group doesn’t seem to ever really touch on. Here they are.
    1. I’ve seen that he had either drug or alcohol abuse issues in the past and had treatment. Apparently the last place he was seen by his family was when he was dropped off at an ASAC treatment center. ASAC has multiple locations in Cedar Rapids. What is the address of the one he was dropped off at?

    2. It says he was last seen by surveillance cameras at the US Cellular Building. Again, which one? The US Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids? The US Cellular call center in over by Lindale Mall? Or one of the many retail locations?

    3. Where was he living at the time? Articles make it sound like he was living with his mom. He is always referred to as “Vinton Man”. Was he living in Vinton or living in Cedar Rapids?

    4. Was there a receipt in the Walmart bag to see the time he made the purchase? If he was living in Vinton that would have taken him out of Cedar Rapids and maybe he went missing in Benton County.

    5. Looking him up in the Iowa Courts System you can see he had a pending possession of a controlled substance violation. He actually was supposed to have court not that long after he went missing, and since he didn’t show up he had, and still technically STILL has a warrant out for his arrest. This is probably the biggest red flag for me. What is the story of his bust? Was he busted with other people? Was he in over his head? Were there people who were afraid he was going to snitch? I’m guessing this is the way of thinking the family has since they are “Justice For Josh Wellman” instead of “Find Josh Wellman.” They seem like they already heavily assume foul play.

    • NEG says:

      He never ran from his legal problems and his phone was a dud at some point. I do think the family knows possibly enough to claim justice instead of find or what not i wish i knew. The other info on him after the hard evidence with proof isnt as hardcore but i know if you read through his record it wasnt his first time in the system or facing time snitch would be furthest from the scenario. But i wish theyd tell us more, family and the law enforcement this case is truly to under told and if it could get the momentum most others have maybe wed all know more….i think conflict of interest or something is a big part….thanks for of you from me not family but close enough if u asked josh….i love n miss him and just want closure for myself too.

  2. Anon says:

    Some sort of an official timeline would be useful. I get this from the articles and comments:

    11/12/15 11:00 AM Cedar Rapids – Josh is dropped off by his mother and sister at the ASAC office. A comment said there are multiple locations and that’s true. I looked and there are 4, so an address would be useful.

    11/12/15 – Time Unknown, but presumably after Josh was done at ASAC, he went to a store and purchased a stuffed animal for his daughter. His mother finds it and assumes it was purchased at Walmart. How certain is she that he bought it that day?

    11/12/15 – Time Unknown, but later in the day Josh was last seen alive on a surveillance camera at the US Cellular Building in Cedar Rapids. Exact location is unknown.

    11/13/15 – 11/16/15 – What happened these 3 days? At what point did family become concerned?

    11/16/15 – Josh is reported missing to the Cedar Rapids Police.

    12/3/15 – Pretrial for 3 pending charges he had for a controlled substance violation, a possession of controlled substance – 3rd offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia. A Failure To Appear Warrant is issued for his arrest.

    Better location and times are needed. I hope someone can improve on this.

    • Nikki says:

      16th ave sw asac and i dont know for sure just looking for closure i know that but some say theyve been told the cops know hes gone just not where but idk anything for sure just what it seems like

      • MikeD says:

        I wonder what his cell phone records or app / social media showed. Since he was dropped off I imagine he either didn’t have a vehicle, or didn’t have a valid drivers license. He must have had some people that were his go-to for ride requests that he called, texted, or messaged online. I can only assume that the police have that information and it points to the last person he was in communication with. That information made public would jeopardize things. He doesn’t seem like the kind of guy that would just take off and leave everything behind to avoid treatment and jail time.

        • Nik says:

          Theyres been comments on his fb page justice for josh id go there and just search the page for last place i saw him and itll fill u in thats what i ended up doing

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