Residents in Gastonia, N.C., were startled after a cloaked figure allegedly dropped raw meat in a park last week. It was initially unclear who the person was, including his or her gender.
The photos first appeared on the page of Facebook group “One Man’s Junk” last Sunday and Monday, the Gaston Gazette reported. It is unknown who took the photos.
The Gazette noted the figure could be from the Hudson Woods apartment complex in Gastonia, though property management and law enforcement officials were still skeptical. “We don’t know if it’s one of our residents with an interesting way of presenting themselves, or if it’s a trespasser,” said Lance Calhoun, director of operations for Southwood Realty.
“There’s no validation that it was Hudson Woods. It could have come from anywhere. We don’t know if this is some bogus prank somebody is playing,” said Gastonia Police Department spokeswoman Donna Lahser.
Reaction on Twitter ranged from serious to lighthearted.
i live close to the cloaked raw meat person haha — liz (@AdultLifePrgrm) August 26, 2015
On Wednesday, the truth was uncovered.
“It looks like we have a logical explanation for all of this,” Calhoun told the Gazette. “It looks like some visiting college kids were working on a school project.”
The Gazette offers more details on the fallout of the story:
Calhoun and Lahser said they were both surprised by the online reaction to the story and photos.
‘Once the student’s parent saw the overwhelming response, she called the leasing agent,’ Calhoun said.
‘She contacted the property and said it was her daughter working on something related to school,’ he said.
Officers have spent little time on the report, according to Lahser, because the only crime that would’ve been committed would have been littering.
‘It’s getting more credence than it needs to. It’s got a life of its own, she said.
h/t: The Daily Mail
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