Panic ensued in a small town when the discovery of a blood-stained body turned out to be a case of mistaken identity – the supposed corpse was, in fact, a mannequin.
Startled residents stumbled upon the faux cadaver, bound with rope and clad in clothes splattered with red paint, near a local school, prompting them to alert the police.
Responding swiftly, law enforcement officers arrived at the scene and initiated protocols to secure the area, preparing to engage forensic experts from the Legal Medical Institute. However, as one officer nudged the body, they soon realized it was a lifeless mannequin.
This peculiar incident unfolded on May 30th in Fazenda Rio Grande, a town located southwest of São Paulo, Brazil. The mannequin, bizarrely, sported a cigarette in its mouth.
Upon comprehending the nature of the situation, the police informed the gathering crowd that it was merely an ill-conceived prank. Subsequently, the officers removed the mannequin and appropriately disposed of it.
The authorities have not indicated whether they are actively pursuing the pranksters responsible for this hoax, which consumed their time and resources.
A local resident expressed cynicism, remarking, “This is just a distraction for the police while actual robberies are taking place.” Berenice criticized the tasteless prank, while Gislaine highlighted the distressing impact on children who may have encountered the mannequin near the school. Elizangela voiced their exasperation, questioning the motivations of those involved, stating, “These individuals evidently lack more productive pursuits.”
It remains a peculiar incident that highlights the need for caution when reporting potentially distressing discoveries, emphasizing the importance of accurate assessment to avoid unnecessary panic and diversion of police resources.