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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 ’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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    Smoked meats, anyone?

  • Img_0997_-_copy_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I guess if it doesn't smell like money, the bank isn't interested. Also, was the chimney sound proof? WTH?

  • Jack-sparrow-pirates-of-the-caribbean_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Wonder if they used the fireplace in the past 27 years. What a smell I guess..

  • 2008_masonic_coin_max50


    about 3 years ago


    The Chimney Song Lyrics

    There’s something stuck up in the chimney
    And I don’t know what it is,
    But it’s been there all night long.
    Well, I waited up for Santa all Christmas night
    But he never came and it don’t seem right.
    And there’s something in the chimney
    And it doesn’t make a sound,
    But I wish you Merry Christmas.

    There’s something stuck up in the chimney
    And I don’t know what it is,
    But it’s been there all week long.
    Well, the dog keeps barking up the chimney flue
    And we don’t know what we’re going to do.
    Cause there’s something in the chimney
    And it doesn’t move around,
    And it’s been a week since Christmas.

    There’s something stuck up in the chimney
    And I don’t know what it is,
    But it’s been there all month long.
    Well, it’s jammed up tight above the fireplace
    Now the house smells funny, such a big disgrace.
    That there’s something in the chimney
    And it doesn’t talk at all,
    And it’s been there since last Christmas.

    There’s something stuck up in the chimney
    And I don’t know what it is,
    But it’s been there all year long.
    I’ll been waiting up for Santa like I did last year
    But my brother says, “He’s already here.”
    And he’s stuck up in the chimney
    And he doesn’t say a word
    And he’ll be there every Christmas.
    And we’ll have him every Christmas.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    An Episode of NCIS has a similar plot line.

  • Thinker_max50


    about 3 years ago


    How do you run from your house escaping from police and end up in the chimney of a bank? Any other comment I would make has already been made, so bump everyone else...

  • 2197252869_f837325923_o_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Was he dressed like Santa?

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Bump coshane

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Bump coshane220.

  • Cert_max600_max50


    about 3 years ago


    This is just one of those things that makes one say...Hmmmmmmmmmmmm!~!~!~!~!~!

  • Pug_max600_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Not the best hiding place. Not the smartest "hide and go seek champion".

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago



    Abbeville Police Detective Lt. David Hardy told KATC that Schexnider had gloves and a cigarette lighter on him, but no bag or anything to indicate he planned to carry loot from the bank. And Hardy told the TV station there was nothing to indicate that Schexnider was killed and his body dumped in the chimney.

    "There's no signs of foul play in this investigation, so as of now it's going to be a closed case," KATC quotes Hardy as saying.

    Hardy told The Advertiser newspaper that if Schexnider had planned a burglary, the chimney was not the way into the historic southwestern Louisiana bank.

    "There was no wide-open fireplace at the bottom," The Advertiser quoted Hardy as saying. "It wasn't like a wood-burning fireplace – there was no opening, no large space at the bottom. It wasn't a traditional fireplace – maybe more like something that would burn coal."

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Hello... the bank was closed in 1980 and he went missing in 1984.

  • M_9667fc2c687f23a8152f2bc98d03777d_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Sometimes all you can say is... WOW

  • Thorroses_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Well everything I had to say has been covered already.....

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