Body of 18-Year-Old Missing for 7 Years Found in Chimney

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Body found in Woodland Park chimney ID’d as missing teen.

WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (AP) — The remains of 18-year-old man reported missing seven years ago were found in the chimney of an abandoned cabin less than a mile from his home, and the details of his death are likely to stay mysterious, Colorado officials said Wednesday. Teller County Coroner Al Born said Tuesday that dental records were used to determine the remains are those of Joshua Vernon Maddux, who was 18 when he was reported missing in May 2008.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports ( ) Chuck Murphy, who owns the cabin, was tearing down the building as part of his Wildernest development when his crew found the body Aug. 7. His remains weren’t found until this summer and have only just been identified. 18 year old Joshua Maddux was last seen at his home on the morning of May 8, 2008. In the piece, Mike Maddux, Joshua’s father, describes his son as a brilliant young man who was shattered by the death of his brother, who took his life the week of his high school graduation.

The likeliest scenario was that Joshua had simply run away, and since he was eighteen at the time, he was legally an adult, making such a decision perfectly fine from a legal standpoint. But then, on August 7 of this year, an old, abandoned cabin that had reportedly been moved from a Thunderhead Ranch lot for development purposes was being dismantled — and construction workers found a body inside the chimney. The discovery has given Maddux’s loved ones some closure, as is seen noted the following KRDO piece — but knowing the truth hardly lessens the loss.

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