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    CO - Joshua Maddux, 18, Woodland Park, 8 May 2008

    Joshua Maddux had been missing for over seven years until remains discovered in August were a match for him. Prior to this, there wasn't much information available in his disappearance. This is from the Charley Project:

    Details of Disappearance
    Maddux was last seen leaving his Woodland Park, Colorado home on May 8, 2008. He has never been heard from again. Few details are available in his case.
    His body was found in a chimney of a Woodland Park cabin. The owner of the cabin was in the process of tearing it down when the remains were discovered. An identification was made through dental records. The coroner reports his death as accidental; noting that there was no sign of foul play or trauma to the body. They believe that Joshua was trying to shimmy down the chimney and got stuck while doing so. No one has lived there in the past ten years, which explains why no one reported anything suspicious (such as odor) since that time. Prayers for his family and friends; a memorial service for Joshua is scheduled for October 17th.

    Body found in Woodland Park cabin ID'd as teen missing since 2008

    Teller County Coroner Al Born said Tuesday morning after a news conference to announce the findings that dental records were used to determine that the body was Maddux. He said there was no sign of foul play or trauma to the body.

    "It appears to have been voluntary act to gain access" to the building, Born said.

    According to Born, Maddux was a "tall, skinny kid" and was likely trying to shimmy down the chimney and apparently got stuck. Born said there was a wood-burning insert in the fireplace of the cabin that made it impossible to get through the chimney at the bottom.
    UPDATE: Remains found in chimney identified as missing Woodland Park teen

    Joshua's father, Mike Maddux, tells KRDO NewsChannel 13 that his son was a kind, intelligent and caring young man who excelled academically. He said Joshua's loss is deeply felt by the family.

    His sister Ruth Maddux echoed similar thoughts, saying her brother was incredibly kind.

    "Definitely one of the nicest people I have ever met, probably that I will ever meet," said Ruth Maddux.
    After learning her brother's remains were found in a chimney, Ruth said she thinks her brother was looking for a place to hang out and tried to get into the empty cabin.

    "I still have a lot of unanswered questions about it, it still seems very weird to us," said Ruth Maddux.


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    RIP Joshua. My prayers to his family. I'm glad they got their answer.

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    That is so sad

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    This is so so sad but at least they finally found out what happen to him.

    RIP Joshua
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    http://gazette.com/body-in-woodland-...rticle/1557274

    more info from the cabin owner

    RIP Josh.

    I went to to high school with Ruth & Kate; his sisters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LavenderLotus View Post
    http://gazette.com/body-in-woodland-...rticle/1557274

    more info from the cabin owner

    RIP Josh.

    I went to to high school with Ruth & Kate; his sisters.
    Wow. This is so close to home for you. Hugs.

    This is was a horrible death for him. Trapped and squeezed and probably yelling for help that never came. Gosh kids that age do stupid things. They don't think. Poor kid. I can only imagine what he went through.

    This is is also a lesson to thoroughly check all abandoned/neglected properties in the area where a person, especially a child or young person, goes missing.
    For Elizabeth, a minor child, a victim. Thank God she is home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gitana1 View Post
    Wow. This is so close to home for you. Hugs.

    This is was a horrible death for him. Trapped and squeezed and probably yelling for help that never came. Gosh kids that age do stupid things. They don't think. Poor kid. I can only imagine what he went through.

    This is is also a lesson to thoroughly check all abandoned/neglected properties in the area where a person, especially a child or young person, goes missing.
    Oh it's just awful. I was talking to my mom last night; she still lives in Colorado. We feel so awful for the family.

    The thing about the mountains in Colorado is there are so many abandoned cabins, shacks, shantys, mines, etc. Even without all of those things, you could get lost up in the forest, quite literally forever.

    Woodland Park is a tiny town of about 7,200 people surrounded by mountains & forests.

    I'm just glad the Maddux family can give him a proper burial now.

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    So bizarre. Prayers for his family.
    Rest in peace, young man .

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    How horrible it must have been for this young man to be stuck in a chimney, it happens more frequently than one would think.imo.
    Wondering how many other people who have gone missing, might actually be trapped in some cabin or construction site?
    Joshua's family must be torn between despair and gratitude that their loved one has finally been found.

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    Rest in peace, Joshua. It breaks my heart to imagine him stuck and hoping for help that never came. Glad his family can now lay him to rest.


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    What an awful way to go. Rest in peace, Joshua.

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    This makes me so sad...What a horrible, painful way to leave this world...Poor kid. RIP Joshua. Thinking of his loved ones.

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    "Chimney discovery ends mystery over young man's disappearance, but questions remain"

    http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28...-disappearance

    The Teller County Coroner's Office confirmed the body found Aug. 7 was that of Josh Maddux, who was last seen walking out of his house in May 2008.

    The discovery offered some closure to the Maddux family, but it raised a final, troubling question: Why was Josh there?

    "For years there's tears and prayers and hope and hoping there's hope and wondering and waiting," Mike Maddux said. "All the sudden you're on a roller coaster."
    "The hard tissue showed no signs of any trauma," Born said. "There were no broken bones There were no knife marks. There were no bullet holes."

    "There is, so far, no answers to a number of things," Born said. "It is very confusing. This is probably one of the more tragic ones that we have to deal with."
    Murphy is the owner of the now demolished cabin.

    Murphy says he was there when Josh's body was found as an earth mover peeled back a steel fireplace insert within the chimney. Murphy has raised doubts about the coroner's theory because of rebar installed atop the chimney to keep animals out.

    "There's no way that guy crawled inside that chimney with that steel webbing," Murphy said, adding that he thinks Maddux was forced into the space. "He didn't come down the chimney."

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    This is a death that I cannot fathom. I am so claustrophobic that it makes sick just thinking about.

    RIP to this young man and all of my prayers and thoughts to his family. Hopefully they have peace now even though his death was the definition of unnecessary.


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    What the...??

    Josh was clad only in a ribbed thermal-type shirt; the rest of his clothes were found within the cabin outside the fireplace, near the hearth.
    http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28...-disappearance

    How can this be?? I thought he came down the chimney, and then couldn't get out into the cabin because, as the coroner said, "there was a wood-burning insert in the fireplace of the cabin that made it impossible to get through the chimney at the bottom".
    And how did the owner never notice the clothes?

    Did somehow wriggle out of his clothes when trying to free himself? But then how did his clothes end up outside of the hearth??

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