Japanese murder investigators mistakenly believed sex doll was a corpse

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    Police in Izu responded to a report of a possible corpse in the woods by dispatching an investigation team:

    Fifteen officers were dispatched to the scene, where they discovered a human form wrapped in plastic and tightly bound around the neck, midriff and ankles, with hair protruding from one end.

    The body was left untouched and taken away for examination, and the crime scene duly secured by a police cordon.

    Back at the local police headquarters, officials notified reporters who had turned up early the same morning to cover an annual earthquake drill. They began preparing to write up the launch of a major murder investigation.

    Dozens of extra officers were dispatched to interview potential witnesses, while the evening edition of the local newspaper carried a report of the gruesome find, complete with a photograph of the body’s resting place.

    By mid-afternoon, the body was in the hands of police pathologists. But when they sliced open the wrapping, they were confronted not by a decomposing corpse, but by a life-sized sex doll.

    As you might guess, the international media is loving this wacky Japan story.

    [Photo via Itai News (hat tip to Tombo)]

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