Missing Teen’s Body Found Inside A Chimney Seven Years After Disappearance

by : UNILAD on : 02 Oct 2015 02:50

Rob Carrigan/Pikes Peak Courier
The body of an 18-year-old man, reported missing seven years ago, has been discovered less than a mile and a half from his Colorado home.

The remains were found by builders inside the chimney of a cabin that had been abandoned for over ten years.

Police were made aware of the startling discovery a month ago and identified the the body of Joshua Vernon Maddux via dental records.


The death has been ruled as accidental by officials after the body was found feet up inside the shaft.

Al Born of the Teller County Coroner’s office has said:

There are going to be some questions out there that are unanswerable.”

It is thought that Maddux may have been trying to gain access to the cabin via the flue, becoming stuck due to a wood-burning insert that prevented his escape.

When found the body had been separated, with the legs no longer attached to the torso, but there were no signs of trauma.


The Pikes Peak Courier has reported that Joshua was coping with the loss of his brother, who committed suicide two years previous, at the time of his disappearance.

Owner of the Thunderhead Ranch cabin, Chuck Murphy, has reportedly spoken of how rodents would often get into the building and die leaving an ‘awful smell’, and given the fireplace was blocked by a large piece of furniture he had ‘no reason’ to look inside the chimney itself.

Mystery will continue to shroud the circumstance of the 18-year-old’s untimely death, but at least loved ones can finally have some sense of closure.

Topics: News


Pikes Peak Courier
  1. Pikes Peak Courier

    Pikes Peak Bill: News of human remains in a cabin chimney brings back familiar pain to area families