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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Gergely Szabó
He deserved it, only idiots go inside a chimney.
Reminds me of Gremlins.
Actual footage of Santa Clause trying to get in a chimney
Lx Beltran
Don't try to be Santa Claus.
Lmfao the mood shift from 0:43 to 0:47
I hate these animations
Aloni Copeland
he could have put his feet on the walls / bricks and made himself out
Kawaii cat Love
I live in Colorado what the heck
Joey C
Omg!! What kind of question is that???? Of course I do NOT like this video, this video was sad, it made me cry to hear about how the boy died :'( :'( :'(
Christopher Douglas
judging from his school photo he looked like a major dumbass anyways. long hair. served him right
Demarcus Thomas
poor guy, before climbing in the chimney. He should watch a 1000 ways to die. And avoid his tragic fate.
Robert Valentin
sad to die like this alone painful with no one to hear scream for help no hope just die horrible way he was kid with no idea what he was getting imto should break Windows that all. instead hard way RIP
didn't know what did
Puddie // Nicholai Vogel
For those wondering, Joshua Maddux did not try to get into the house. What these news outlets don't explain is how along with the grate at the bottom of the chimney, there was a couch blocking it. Joshua was forced down the Chimney and was left there to die.
They reported him missing a day after his disapearence, and they asked around and put up posters, but there was no missing person search. The cabin was just about a mile from his house, and had a large group of people gone looking for him and coordinated on clearing the area they would have found him rather quickly. But I guess that is more then can be expected form a nation of dumbass, fat, lazy americans. I guess it's natural selection since him, his family or people in his area dont seem rather bright.
what the kid couldn't go through the front door? bhahahahahahahahahahahahahah god dammit thats funny. rip
*Emily Goshorn*
Bull shit, he was adorable. -.-
who's your daddy
so that's why Hansen stopped bringing out crappy songs.
Is it a girl or a boy
Don't most people know there's a small damper at the top of the firebox? I can imagine the horror that idiot kid felt, though.
Del Racho 500
...He didnt have a cellphone with him before he got stuck and died??? :/ cmon it was 2008 smh stupid
Maxi Anaya
Damn.! Horrible . And messed up.!
David Salas
they should make a movie biut this kid lmao
Kittens'N' PirateMittens
b-but i was thinking it was a girl from a thumgnail D:
Firulais Perez
That not rigth
C different
Yeah that's sad as he'll just imagine slowing dying stuck in that position ):
What the Fuck I live so goddamn close to woodland park what the fuck I'm not sleeping tonight
FallenAngel 333
He was trying to self suck
Roesch -4- Broward County Sheriff
Hominids die all the time. No different than dogs, cats, roadkill, etc. It's all the same.
Pellegrino Aqua
It's sad to think we were both the same age when he went missing and he would my age now....poor guy.
The Gingerbread Man
ho ho ho
why did he do that for?
Джейсон Хичкок
Even when I was a teenager, there's no way I would ever have tried to crawl down a chimney simply because I don't want to get dirty.. This story is sad beyond comprehension... But this guy was very very far from being intelligent..
Jim Budge
Hope he has a speedy recovery
Rogent X
Pretty sure he died from suffocation if he landed like that. If he broke his back I think that just adds to the already horrible and agonizing way to die.
This is sad. He died slowly
Andy Fonseca
I thought dat person was a girl
RobloxMasterPlayer Ex
Watermelonz brah
gj santa! LMAO
VanWey C. Darren
That's the most scariest thing to hear of any human dying of starvation, while pinned stuck. Poor kid never even knew what dangers were ahead of him. This has got to be the most awful thing anyone could have even imagined happening to him, feel sorry for his family to learn your child suffered in such a way..
Jesse s
Dumb ass believed in Santa
That must've been a very medieval death to suffer.
M& M
Oh man, this is just way to sad! that is no way to die. :´( I can just imagine the horror he must of been going through. I'm so sorry there was no one there to help you. Rest In Peace Joshua Vernon Maddux. <3
Chas Ptrs.
Breaking down door/window, must be out of style; he may have fallen backwards while sitting on the chimney. Still, a terrible death.
K. W. Churchill
C:est le burglare!!!!....Sic Semper Burgler!!!!!!
cristina Gherman
Sérgio Amadeus
maybe he was killed before thrown in the chimney
Dane Potmo
Poor fucking kid. Awful. I feel that's the sort of dumb exploratory thing I woulda done in High School...random abandoned cabin, just want to look inside, not harm anything. Horrible, sad, mistake
The Resistance
what a fucked up way to die.
Juan Ramirez
7 years
OMFG! I can't imagine how long he sat there in that chimney crying for help and then realizing he was not going to get out of there. 7 years he was waiting to be discovered, dammit.
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