Body of teen found in chimney after seven years |

Body of teen found in chimney after seven years

WOODLAND PARK — The Teller County coroner says there probably won’t be many answers in the case of an 18-year-old man whose remains were found in the chimney of an abandoned cabin less than a mile from his home.

The remains were found last month when contractors were tearing down the cabin, which had been abandoned for more than a decade. Workers found skeletal remains of Joshua Vernon Maddux, who was 18 when he was reported missing in May 2008.

Teller County Coroner Al Born said the teen lived less than a mile from the abandoned cabin and was probably trying to shimmy down the chimney when he got stuck. Maddux hadn’t been reported as a runaway.

Born says it’s unclear how long Maddux’s remains had been in the chimney.

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