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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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    Anonymous

    over 2 years ago

    Mr Bank Manager... Is the fireplace not venting properly? And what is that SMELL?

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    36TR

    over 2 years ago

    7556 Comments

    Totally wierd. And I agree. If the bank were in business, you'd think someone would smell it, especially with the Louisiana heat!!.

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    Anonymous

    over 2 years ago

    Wow thats 1,000 ways to die kind of crazy and so unessecary. If only he faced what he was being charged with this would all be over with by now...

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    SpencerStangz

    over 2 years ago

    420 Comments

    Bump the comment about the military photo...tragic that he apparently died over something so trivial

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    BigNTS

    over 2 years ago

    6750 Comments

    They're not brain surgeons - those criminals - are they?

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    DonnaLynn

    over 2 years ago

    10486 Comments

    Local newspaper link with all the related news articles on this.... matter.
    http://vermiliontoday.com/view/full_story/14842027/article-Joe-Sche...

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    DonnaLynn

    over 2 years ago

    10486 Comments

    Wiseass... Abbeville rarely has a need for a fireplace. This is our parish/county seat. I am glad his mother has some closure now.
    LOL LonnaNJ.

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    uncledennis1

    over 2 years ago

    23118 Comments

    Wiseass I tossed my cookies after your comment. Does one cook toes on the grill or deep fry?

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    LanaNJ

    over 2 years ago

    6250 Comments

    I read somewhere else that this bank closed in 1980, so what the hell was he doing in the chimney in 1984? Santa Impersonater?

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    msjayelbee

    over 2 years ago

    612 Comments

    Very interesting!

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    crowfeeder

    over 2 years ago

    928 Comments

    27 years? Amazing.

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    jlandreth

    over 2 years ago

    106 Comments

    Yet another nomination for a Darwin award.

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    officer82801

    over 2 years ago

    2 Comments

    You would think that after a short time the smell would have tipped someone off that there was something somewhere that was dead. lol. I cant believe that he would not yell to get attention to get out, and after decompisition you would think his bones would have fallen apart and fell to the bottom of the chimney. I dont know, sounds fishy to me.

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    Robocop33

    over 2 years ago

    14600 Comments

    Just damn!

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    cwjjohn

    over 2 years ago

    14 Comments

    Was this military photo of him that was the only photo you had of him to show?

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