Looking for Halloween decoration, couple buy real human skeleton at yard sale

Posted by on Oct 12, 2010 in WeIRD News | 0 comments

By Tampa Bay Online

BRANDON, Fla. — A couple thought they were buying a Halloween decoration at a yard sale, but it turns out they bought a real human skeleton.

Unrelated image via fun4thechildren.blogspot.com

Judith and Mitchell Fletcher paid $8 for what they thought were a box of scary holiday decorations at a yard sale in Brandon. When they got the box home, they realized they had bought real bones.

They called the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives took the bones to the medical examiner, who determined they came from a professionally prepared human anatomical skeleton, normally used in medical courses.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Cristal Bermudez Nunez says detectives are contacting colleges and universities that may be missing a skeleton.

State law prohibits individuals from owning human skeletons, so the Fletchers won’t get the bones back.

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