August 12th, 2011
A Louisiana man’s remains will be laid to rest this weekend, more than 27 years after he became wedged in a bank’s chimney and died, the Associated Press tells us.
Joseph Schexnider was 22 when he vanished without a trace in Abbeville, La., in January 1984. Then in May, during renovation of the Abbeville Bank, a construction worker “tugged some fabric out of the chimney and was showered with old clothes and human bones,” AP writes.
Over the years, the smell of death was never detected.
Schexnider had no criminal record but was wanted for questioning about a stolen car. His family said he was a sweet-natured wanderer. He served briefly with the National Guard, discharged for undisclosed medical reasons.
The mystery haunts his brother Robert, AP writes: “[H]ow did he wind up in that chimney? Didn’t anyone hear any cries for help? Was it a robbery attempt gone awry, an accident or something more sinister?”
“At least we know where he is now,” Schexnider, 48, said tearfully. “At least he’s home.”
Joseph Schexnider will be buried Sunday.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
161578 1385659459 83
his path of destiny = 83 = A call for justice.
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