The narrow, brick chimney of a Louisiana bank became his tomb for 27 years and now Joseph Schexnider will be laid to rest on Sunday in a proper grave with a proper farewell by his family.
Still, his brother Robert wonders, how 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?Mr Schexnider, 48, said: 'At least we know where he is now. At least he's home', tears welling in his eyes ahead of his brother's weekend funeral and burial.
Nearly three decades after he disappeared, much mystery lingers about the case of Joseph Schexnider and involving a small town bank in the southern Louisiana city of Abbeville.
Police say Schexnider became trapped and apparently died in the bank's chimney in 1984.
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