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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mannequin Mistake Prompts Investigation


Two men were hired to clean out a vacant Tampa Bay house and thought they found a mannequin hanging in the garage.  Thinking this was a “Halloween like hoax,” they cut it down and took it to the local dump.  However, the landfill workers soon realized the mannequin look alike was actually a human body. 

Hernando County Sheriff’s officials said the body belonged to a 33-year-old Spring Hill man who committed suicide several weeks ago, and his body was in a “state of decomposition similar to mummification.”  The investigation is still on-going.

See Associated Press, Human Remains Mistakenly Taken to Florida Landfill, Fox News, July 18, 2014. 


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