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Former guardsman disappeared, family offers $5K reward

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The family of a former Connecticut National Guardsman who disappeared mysteriously in Thailand is offering a reward for answers. 

Sergeant Josh Devine's loved ones are convinced someone intentionally harmed the veteran and they're willing to pay for any information that leads Devine back home. 

Devine's family said the story surround his disappearance off the coast of Thailand simply doesn't add p. 

"I do think he's gone, but I still hope he's out there," said Jennifer Bakowski, Josh's sister. 

Hope is all Devine's family has left. They said the veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan is a larger than life hero, but his mom misses him for simpler reasons. 

"Just never seeing that smile again, he had a very contagious smile, when he started smiling everyone started smiling," said Marie Major, Josh's mom. 

Devine disappeared off the coast of Thailand while on a diving trip with his wife and 22 other people. Somehow everyone on board claims they didn't see him go overboard. 

"He has a mother who needs closure. I nee him to come home in any condition," Major said. 

His family members are now offering a $5,000 reward for any information about his disappearance. The search for Devine has been called off in Thailand, but his loved ones aren't giving up. 

"We're not going to stop looking for him until he's home with his family," Bakowski said. 

Next Friday, the family is holding a fundraiser to pay for legal and investigation costs at Maximum Capacity in Chicopee, Massachusetts. 

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