Jul 27, 2011 9:54 AM by Maddie Garrett

Abbeville Remains Identified

Joseph W Schexnider was an Abbeville native and served in the National Guard. But in January 1984 he failed to show up for a court hearing in Abbeville. His family never saw or heard from him again.
DNA tests confirmed what Abbeville Police suspected. It was his skeletal remains found in the Bank of Abbeville chimney in May. The LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services Lab came in to analyze and identify the bones.
Lieutenant David Hardy says it's still unclear why Schexnider climbed down the chimney. He had on him gloves, a cigarette lighter, watch and wallet. No bag if he was intending on robbing the bank. Hardy says there were no signs of distress or broken bones that would indicate homicide.
Schexnider's family asked police they not be identified at this time.
Relatives told police they plan to hold a funeral for Schexnider once his remains are returned from the faces lab in Baton Rouge.


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