A man called police after finding what he thought were skeletal remains while snorkeling in the Colorado River on May 3rd.
Divers from the Buckskin Fire Department responded to the scene and discovered that the underwater skeletons were actually fake and appeared to be lounging in lawn chairs with beverages in hand. They were also wearing sunglass.
A deteriorating sign held by one of the skeletons hinted that the display was set up in August of 2014 as a practical joke and had remained there unnoticed until now.
“I don’t think they were trying to set up anything to scare anyone. I think they were gonna try to be funny,” said Lt. Curtis Bagby of the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office. “We’re trying not to be overly concerned about it, not make too big a deal out of it.”
Bagby shared that the skeletons will be removed from the river this week, according to Yahoo News. He is considering putting them on display outside the sheriff’s office.
“We like to show some things that are fun, some levity too,” he said.