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Teenage boy missing for 7 years found stuck in chimney

By Mason White 1:55 PM October 4, 2015
Joshua Vernon Maddux 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) Parents are getting closure after their son went missing 7 years ago.

The remains of 18-year-old Joshua Vernon Maddux, who disappeared seven years ago, was found in a fireplace.

Contractors discovered his body while they were demolishing the abandoned cabin less than a mile from his home in Colorado.

The cabin has been abandoned for over a decade. The teen’s father said that his son often walked in the woods near the cabin.

The Teller County coroner ruled the death accidental. It is believed that Josh, who was a musician, was trying to squeeze into the fireplace when he got stuck.

Police said that a large cabinet was blocking the fireplace, causing Josh to be stuck and left him unable to escape.

Friends remembered Maddux as very smart, talented and creative.