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

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  1. JusticeWillBeServed

    JusticeWillBeServed Active Member

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    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:

    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

    UPDATE: Remains found in chimney identified as missing Woodland Park teen


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  3. Damarna

    Damarna Verified State Coordinator for CFSI/ Insider - Par

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    RIP Joshua. My prayers to his family. I'm glad they got their answer.
     
  4. becciboo81

    becciboo81 New Member

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    That is so sad :(

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  5. trigger

    trigger New Member

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

    RIP Joshua
     
  6. LavenderLotus

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  7. gitana1

    gitana1 Verified Attorney

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    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.
     
  8. LavenderLotus

    LavenderLotus New Member

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    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.
     
  9. SCHMAE

    SCHMAE New Member

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

    dotr Active Member

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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.
     
  11. Vedder

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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.
     
  13. MagnoliaMountain

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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.
     
  14. JusticeWillBeServed

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

    http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28991939/chimney-discovery-ends-mystery-over-young-mans-disappearance

    Murphy is the owner of the now demolished cabin.

     
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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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  16. Rayemonde

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    http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_2...ry-ends-mystery-over-young-mans-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??
     
  17. Rayemonde

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    The coroner re-examined the COD after the cabin owner spoke to him, and there were also "calls to his office from tipsters offering the names of people who allegedly had bragged about killing Maddux in the cabin."

    Much more information at link:
    http://pikespeakcourier.net/stories/Mystery-of-chimney-death-deepens,199356

    The Coroner thinks that Josh started out inside the cabin, stripped off all his clothes except his vest, then went outside and climbed up onto the roof and down the chimney. Even though he knew he would be trapped there because of the wood burning insert, and also some heavy furniture that was in front of it. There were no drugs found in Josh's system.

    Because none of the above were found, Born (the coroner) once more ruled the death an accident.

    http://pikespeakcourier.net/stories/Mystery-of-chimney-death-deepens,199356
     
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    http://pikespeakcourier.net/stories/Mystery-of-chimney-death-deepens,199356

    http://www.livescience.com/41730-hypothermia-terminal-burrowing-paradoxical-undressing.html
     
  19. dotr

    dotr Active Member

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    Two cases of people who died after getting stuck in chimney.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/sep/02/doctor-dies-chimney-lover-home

    "A doctor whose decomposing body was found in a narrow chimney suffocated to death after trying to break into her boyfriend's home, California authorities said yesterday.

    The body of Dr Jacquelyn Kotarac was discovered trapped in the chimney on Saturday – three days after she had apparently slid feet first down it into the house of her estranged lover, William Moodie."

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    "The pressure being placed on the chest wouldn't allow her lungs to expand and she suffocated," he said".

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...imney-of-derby-solicitors-office-8932814.html

    "Burglar' suffocated to death after becoming trapped in chimney of Derby solicitor's office
    The body of Kevin Gough, 43, was found in the chimney stack of Moody & Woolley Solicitors"

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    " The coroner said cause of death was found to be postural asphyxiation.

    He had brick marks across his back and chest due to the confined space he had come to rest in, which would not allow his chest to expand and would have affected his ability to breathe."

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    "He told the family that the pathologist who carried out the post mortem was keen to emphasise that he would have quickly lost consciousness and would not have been calling for help for a long period of time.

    Mr Hunter said: "His death would have been very, very quick.

    "He would not have lingered in the chimney for two or three days."
     
  20. mayqueen

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    I wish I could see a photo of the rebar/webbing in the top of the chimney mentioned above, and of "the wood-burning insert in the fireplace of the cabin that made it impossible to get through the chimney at the bottom". I'm so confused!
     
  21. LietKynes

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    Strange his clothing was discovered INSIDE the cabin ; assuming he'd already been able to access the interior -- why then shimmy down the chimney ? And what was with the furniture pushed up against the fireplace ? As if to conceal what was inside the chimney.
    Was he hanging or stuck close enough that someone looking into the fireplace or putting wood , would have been able to see him ?
     

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