Drivers on the highway in Stockton, California, were confronted with a bizarre and unsettling scene when they passed by what appeared to be bodies and limbs floating in a roadside pond.
Although they were just mannequins, they looked real enough to concern drivers. According to a report in The Sacramento Bee, police responded to a call from a truck driver and immediately rushed to the scene expecting a grisly discovery.
They were relieved when they found not a real body, but a plastic mannequin, naked from the waist down, along with several other mannequin torsos and limbs, and at least three legs.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) posted on Facebook about the bizarre incident, joking, “This was just some mannequins out for a morning swim.”
The incident was initially taken very seriously in light of a recent surge of Stockton homicides. However, once officers realized the bodies were just mannequins, they let loose with a bit of good humor.
Officer Ruben Jones told CBS 13, “Sometimes we see the worst scenarios in different situations, but this one we got a good laugh out of it and a good chuckle.” Officers also made jokes about the Stockton Kraken getting revenge on Valentine’s day.
Police are currently not sure where the mannequins came from or how they ended up in the water, but oddly enough, this wasn’t the first time a mannequin was found floating in a body of water in the Central Valley city. Last September, police received a similar call about a body that also turned out to just be a mannequin.
Caltrans quickly removed the mannequins from the area – a known dumping grounds, according to CHP – but said it would be nearly impossible to track down the owner of the mannequins.
“Without any cameras in the area it would be almost impossible, so we just chalk it up to one of those things where you go, only in Stockton.”