Joshua Vernon Maddux was 18 when he went missing from Woodland Park, Co. in 2008. His sister thought he may have decided to go off on his own and they never heard from him again, but his dad didn’t think so.
“He was such a wonderful boy,” Mike Maddox told the Pikes Peak Colorado Courier. “The kindest, nicest, brightest boy. He’s been gone seven years now. Nobody’s ever heard a word.”
On Aug. 7, 2015, a cabin that had been moved from a lot on Thunderhead Ranch and was being torn down surprised a group of construction workers when they found a body inside the chimney. The cabin once a homestead of the Thunderhead Ranch famous for illegal gambling years ago had belonged to the Murphy family for 60 years, and they decided to demolish it to begin construction on new homes, reports The Gazette. They had no idea that there was anyone inside the chimney.
The Teller County Coroner Al Born announced today that through dental records they identified the body as belonging to Joshua Maddux.
It is believed that Maddux who was tall and skinny tried to go down the chimney and got stuck because there was a wood-burning insert in the fireplace of the cabin that made it impossible to get out of the the chimney at the bottom and he wasn’t able to crawl back up.
The Murphy family used the cabin after they bought it for several years and over the last 10 years it had been left vacant. The couple stated they would go to check on it from time to time and did notice a bad smell.
Mike spent years wondering what happened to his son, “I went to work one day and came home and he wasn’t there. The next day he still didn’t come home. I called all his friends. Nobody’s seen him. Nobody knows where he is. I didn’t know what to do so I called the police.” Now Mike and the rest of the family finally know what happened to their loved one.