A man’s decomposing body was found in a chimney at a Nebraska apartment a month after neighbors heard mysterious screams.
The body was identified as Zachariah Andrews, 29, who was discovered Oct. 19 at 1414 S 3rd Street in Norfolk.
A janitor investigating a suspicious odor coming from the building’s chimney became concerned when he saw what looked like a shoe.
Capt. Michael Bauer said Andrews was identified as the man in the chimney based on his scars, markings, tattoos and identification card.
The decomposing body of Zachariah Andrews (pictured) was found in a chimney at 1414 S 3rd Street in Norfolk on October 19th
It is unclear how it got into the chimney (pictured) and how long it remained there. His body was found after a caretaker investigated a suspicious smell coming from the building’s chimney and said he saw what looked like a human shoe dangling from it
Norfolk police had been to the apartment repeatedly after residents of the building complained about loud screaming and when a ticket was posted on his car
Andrews’ body was recovered from the chimney by local police and fire departments along with Platte Valley Media Group First report of the discovery.
He was last seen on September 15 and the next day police received a call from a tenant at the apartment building who claimed to have heard unfamiliar screams.
The tenant told police he heard a man screaming for help for about three to four minutes, but it stopped just before two officers arrived.
When police searched one of the apartments, they found a loud television before asking the tenant to call back if the screaming started again.
On September 20, police were at the home again after a ticket was issued for Andrews’ vehicle, which was parked directly in front of the building where he was found.
He was officially reported missing on Oct. 3, the same day the Madison County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for his arrest on seven counts of violating a protection order.
Captain Michael Bauer said Andrews (pictured) was identified as the man in the chimney based on his scars, marks, tattoos and ID card. His body was recovered from the chimney by local police and fire departments
Andrews’ body was found in the chimney of an apartment building at 114 S 3rd Street in Norfolk, Nebraska, after police officers were repeatedly called to the address after other tenants complained about loud screaming
Police are still investigating, but believe it was an accidental death. In a statement, Norfolk Police said they had already been in contact with his family since the investigation began
Andrews was previously charged in 2018 for allegedly attempting to lure a 12-year-old girl through Facebook. He was also charged with resisting arrest when he kicked police officers as they tried to arrest him for assaulting a man in April last year
Over the past few months, Andrews repeatedly posted on Facebook to reach out to an unknown woman. The New York Post reported.
Several of his friends told him to let her go, and one advised him to remember what he had learned in treatment. It is unclear what treatment he took part in.
Andrews reportedly claimed that police officers looked through his love letters to her before telling him that his goals of being with her were not realistic.
“I kind of want to prove them wrong,” he reportedly wrote in May.
He was accused of resisting arrest by kicking police officers as they tried to arrest him for assaulting a man in April last year.
Andrews’ friend Josh Isenbart posted about his death on Facebook, saying: “I couldn’t imagine how you felt being trapped, but now you are free my brother, free in Gods.” [sic] Hands! Spread your wings, angel.
On September 16, police were called to the apartment building after a tenant heard a man screaming for help. Bauer said the two officers who responded were told the screaming continued for about three to four minutes but stopped shortly before authorities arrived
The New York Post reported that Andrews repeatedly posted on Facebook over the past few months in an attempt to reach an unknown woman. Several of his friends told him to “let her go,” and one advised him to “remember what he relied on in treatment.”
“I will cherish every day I spent there with you, until we meet again, my friend. You’re no longer suffering and you’re now in the best place you can be.”
Police are still investigating, but believe it was an accidental death.
In a statement, Norfolk Police said they had already been in contact with his family since the investigation began.
DailyMail.com contacted Norfolk Police, who reported there were no updates on the investigation.