Joseph Schexnider went missing in 1984 in Abbeville, Louisiana, after running away when police arrived at his house to arrest him.
Schexnider, then 22, was due to appear in court on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, but failed to appear.
Now 27 years later, the mystery of his disappearance has finally been solved.
Crews renovating Abbeville’s bank building discovered skeletal remains inside the chimney. These remains have since been identified as belonging to the missing Mr Schexnider.
Police believe Schexnider, who would have now been 49, died of dehydration after becoming trapped in the bank’s chimney.
Schexnider’s mother had never reported him missing because she knew that he was wanted by police and figured that sooner or later they would find him.
His family told police they did not report Schexnider missing because it was not uncommon for him to leave Abbeville without notice.
No-oe knows for sue why he was in the chimney, but the most logical conclusion would be that he was trying to break into it before getting stuck.
Abbeville Police Detective Lt. David Hardy said: ‘Hopefully this will give the family some closure. There’s no signs of foul play in this investigation, so as of now it’s going to be a closed case.
‘His mother is upset that she lost a son of course, but she is at ease that she now knows where her son is.’