In early May, contractors working to redo a floor on the second floor of the Bank of Abbeville opened up the front door of a sealed chimney. When the contractor opened the door, skeleton remains dropped to the floor.
The Abbeville Police were called, along with representatives from FACES (Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services Laboratory).
The bones were sent to FACES, which has a lab at LSU in Baton Rouge. The Abbeville Police are waiting on DNA test results from FACES for the identity of the person.
What the police do know now is that identification has been found in the chimney where the skeleton was located.
The police have a possible name of who the skeleton may but are not releasing it until DNA results are made.
Family members of the person named on the ID found in the chimney have been contacted . They told police they have not had contact with their son in more than 20 years..
The police are still not sure how the individual got into the chimney. They do not know if he was trying to crawl down the chimney to rob the bank or was placed in the chimney by someone else.
John Bordelon of Acadiana Sweeps in Lafayette said if the man was trying to rob the bank, climbing down the chimney is not the way to go.
Bordelon said when a person enters a fireplace to crawl down it, they normally get stuck because the inside of a fireplace is too narrow. It is impossible to crawl back up.
If he crawled down the smoke chamber, the man ran into another problem. As he got closer to the bottom opening, the smoke chamber gets narrow.
The bottom of the chimney could be as narrow as six inches, making it impossible for a human to fit in.
Then there is the damper door, which is sometimes opened or closed. The “throat” between the door is also about six to 12 inches wide.