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In rural China, body in the woods turns out to be blow-up doll

Villagers call police after stumbling across what they thought was a grisly crime scene

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 May, 2017, 2:06pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 May, 2017, 2:06pm

Villagers in a rural part of Yunnan, southwestern China called police after finding what they thought was the dead body of a woman in the woods – but it turned out to be a blow-up doll, according to media reports.

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Police from the town of Banqiao in Luoping county rushed to the “crime scene” near Wayao village to find an inflatable doll lying abandoned in the woods, news website Yunnan.cn reports.

Officers disposed of the doll. Villagers told media they had been afraid to go near what looked like a corpse so they phoned police without getting close enough to see it was just a doll.