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Suspect's Body Found In Chimney 27 Years After Disappearance

Suspect's Body Found In Chimney 27 Years After Disappearance

The Daily Mail via YellowBrix

July 27, 2011

ABBEVILLE, LA – The body of a man who went missing while apparently trying to escape police has been found inside a chimney – 27 years after he first disappeared.

Joseph Schexnider went missing in 1984 in Abbeville, Louisiana, after running away when police arrived at his house to arrest him.

The then 22-year-old had been due in court charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, but never appeared.

However, his body has since been found lodged in the chimney of Abbeville’s bank, 27 years after he first went missing.

Crews renovating the bank building discovered skeletal remains inside the chimney which have since been identified as missing Mr Schexnider.

Police believe Schexnider, who would have now been 49, died of dehydration after becoming trapped in the bank’s chimney.

It is thought his mother never reported him missing over the years as she knew he was wanted by police.

His family told police they did not report Schexnider missing because it was not uncommon for him to leave Abbeville without notice.

Authorities have been unable to determine exactly why he was in the chimney, although it has been reported that police think he may have been trying to break into the bank before getting stuck.

Mr Schexnider’s remains were found in May, but it was only this week that authorities finally managed to identify him.

Mary Manhein, Director of the LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) Lab, told katc.com: ’We’ve not ever recovered one from a chimney before, that’s a little unusual, so this was the first type of recovery like that that we’ve ever done before.’

Abbeville Police Detective Lt. David Hardy said: ‘Hopefully this will give the family some closure. There’s no signs of foul play in this investigation, so as of now it’s going to be a closed case.

‘His mother is upset that she lost a son of course, but she is at ease that she now knows where her son is.’

Relatives told police they plan to hold a funeral for Schexnider once his remains are returned from the FACES Lab in Baton Rouge.


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    eli4se

    over 2 years ago

    100 Comments

    Lost and Found!

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    Anonymous

    almost 3 years ago

    OK DonnaLynn -- you got me on that one. LOL. Apologies offered.

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    LanaNJ

    almost 3 years ago

    6950 Comments

    I see this Case is Drawing alot of INTEREST. The bank closed almost 4 years prior, so my best guess is he picked a very bad place to hide.......

    (RE: Banks Closing)

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/missing-mans-body...

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    DonnaLynn

    almost 3 years ago

    10576 Comments

    @ ColoradoInvestigator... only while you are down here visiting.

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    Twinker

    almost 3 years ago

    1776 Comments

    SERIOUSLY messed up. What is up with that? The guy HAD to have bloated n exploded at some point. Even if he just developed a slow leak, the smell (and juices) must have been N-A-S-T-Y. Makes you wonder just how oblivious people can be.

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    p71tech

    almost 3 years ago

    38 Comments

    ##BUMP## gudercop

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    bluebrother

    almost 3 years ago

    774 Comments

    A sad ending.

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    jims4

    almost 3 years ago

    2610 Comments

    General order #1....Always get your man.

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    Katz

    almost 3 years ago

    8260 Comments

    You would have thought the bank would have smelled terribly bad with him decomposing in the chimney! ?? Amazing.

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    gudercop

    almost 3 years ago

    2174 Comments

    Louisiana hide and seek champ found 27 Years after competion ends.

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    oldtimer322

    almost 3 years ago

    360 Comments

    I really don't know what to say.....

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    delano388

    almost 3 years ago

    4314 Comments

    What a hella way to die.

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    gumshoe57

    almost 3 years ago

    36 Comments

    Wow....he had a great hiding spot!!!

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    amsgator

    almost 3 years ago

    126 Comments

    Case cleared by God

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    Anonymous

    almost 3 years ago

    And it smells "like that" in LA most of the time!

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