BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (WCCO) — Police have identified the man found dead inside the chimney of a Brooklyn Center apartment building.

Brooklyn Center Police say John Stoick, 57, of Minneapolis, was found dead, stuck about 15 to 20 feet down the chimney.

Police were called to the 5300 block of Russell Avenue North on April 27 on a call regarding possible squatters, according to Tim Gannon of Brooklyn Center Police.

Police had to cut the body out of the chimney in order to remove it. The cause of death is unknown, pending a report from the medical examiner.

Comments (14)
  1. Sarah in Outstate MN says:

    How on earth did a 57 year old man get stuck in a chimney and how long was he there? Did he not have family to report him missing?

    1. Richard in Minneapolis says:

      There was a story in the news yesterday about the discovery of a woman found deceased in her home in Beverly Hills. Initial estimates based on the condition of the body estimated she may have dead as long as a year.

  2. stillobvious says:

    There wa sa gal on here when this story broke saying it was her husbands uncle, so he had a family but was prolly a bum.

  3. JKB says:

    It doesnt make a darn bit of difference what the man was, or wasnt. He was a human being, and was loved by family. Possibly he had problems, or was estranged from them for one reason or another, but he was still cared about. Sometimes in order to help, we have to back away if a person is doing things we dont approve of, or want our children exposed to. My condolences to the family.

    1. dxh says:

      Thank you JKB. My heart goes out to him and his family because I am sure there is a long story to this poor man’s death. May they all find peace now.

  4. Jake says:

    Somebody probably killed him, and figured that a chimney was the best place to hide the body, since it might be weeks, or even months before it was discovered. By now, the killer could be anywhere.

    1. arbys good mood food says:

      jake killed him…

  5. Mr. Mark says:

    it’s a sad fact that some people are so alienated from their friends and family that nobody knows or maybe nobody cares, sad state of affairs.

  6. hadto sayit says:

    did santa make it home this year?

  7. Sarg says:

    Could be the real bin laden?

  8. Dave Seavy says:

    I’ve worked in funeral homes for about 35 years and have had several cases that nobody came to arrange the service; nobody came to the reviewal or funeral. It’s sad. When that happens, the funeral staff become the public, because we want everyone to have a dignified and meaningful service.

    1. JKB says:

      Having that knowledge firsthand is very sad. Last year a distant friend passed away while residing in a southern state. I was the contact for notification. Althought she had surviving brothers and sisters, not one of them stepped forward to take care of the funeral arrangements! The funeral home contacted me to pay for her cremation, at cost. This friend wasnt into anything illegal, but had chosen a lifestyle her family didnt approve of. Consequently, their excuse was she made her bed, let her lie in it. She didnt desserve this from family! Im sure there are many that pass away with no one to care, or afford the cost of a funeral, so they let the state take care of it.

  9. Tom says:

    Bury him at sea.

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