Missing teen found dead: 18-year-old's body found in abandoned cabin chimney years later - TomoNews
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TELLER COUNTY, COLORADO — The remains of 18-year-old Joshua Vernon Maddux were discovered in an abandoned cabin in Woodland Park, Colorado by demolition crew August 7, 2015.
Maddux was reported missing by his family in May 2008, after he disappeared from home one day. His remains, which were found in the chimney of the abandoned cabin, were positively identified through his dental records.
According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Teller County Coroner's Office has declared the death an accident, since there is no indication of trauma or foul play. Authorities believe that Maddux, who was described as tall and skinny, tried to enter the cabin through the chimney and got stuck in the narrow passage. A fireplace insert at the bottom of the chimney would also have prevented him from exiting into the cabin, reports the Pikes Peak Courier.
The cabin where Maddux was found has reportedly been vacant for about eight years. Owner Chuck Murphy, who would check on it periodically, noticed a rancid smell but assumed it was from dead rodents, reports KKTV 11 News.
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