Body Of 18 Year Old Is Found Stuck In A Chimney 7 Years After He Went Missing

TELLER COUNTY, COLORADO — The remains of 18-year-old

Joshua Vernon Maddux were discovered in an abandoned cabin in

Woodland Park, Colorado by demolition crew August 7, 2015.

Maddux was reported missing by his family in May 2008, after he

disappeared from home one day. His remains, which were found in

the chimney of the abandoned cabin, were positively identified

through his dental records.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Teller County

Coroner’s Office has declared the death an accident, since there is no

indication of trauma or foul play. Authorities believe that Maddux, ‘

who was described as tall and skinny, tried to enter the cabin

through the chimney and got stuck in the narrow passage. A

fireplace insert at the bottom of the chimney would also have

prevented him from exiting into the cabin, reports the Pikes Peak


The cabin where Maddux was found has reportedly been vacant for

about eight years. Owner Chuck Murphy, who would check on it

periodically, noticed a rancid smell but assumed it was from dead

rodents, reports KKTV 11 News.- TN

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