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Skeleton in Bank Chimney Is Missing Man From 1984

He got wedged in 27 years ago
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2011 5:26 PM CDT
Updated Jul 31, 2011 4:10 PM CDT
Skeleton in Bank Chimney in Louisiana is Missing Man from 1984
Bank robbery gone wrong? Police aren't sure.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – It's sort of a good news-bad news situation for one Louisiana family. On one hand, they finally know what happened to Joseph Schexnider, who vanished in 1984—on the other, he died inside a local bank chimney 27 years ago. Construction workers renovating a historic bank discovered skeletal remains in the chimney in May, and forensics determined they belonged to the man, who disappeared when he was 22, reports CNN.

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Schexnider was reported missing after he failed to appear at a court hearing for possession of a stolen vehicle. The cause of death was likely dehydration and starvation. He was found wedged in the chimney with gloves and a cigarette lighter, but nothing suggesting for sure (like a bag) that he planned a robbery. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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