The Colorado River’s skeletons are coming out of the closet, and now they are even hosting a tea party! The oddball discovery was made when a man went snorkeling, only to come upon the creepy, undead scene that seems to be straight out of a movie.
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After being thoroughly frightened out of the water, the snorkeler reported the Colorado River skeleton to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office, which launched a hunt for what authorities believed could be real human bodies that were dumped in the river by criminals. After all, the skeletons were weighted down by large rocks.
But when a diver from the Buckskin Fire Department captured the Colorado River skeleton video with a camera attached to his head, all the the sheriff’s office could say was that they had found an underwater tea party. The skeletons were wearing sunglasses, sitting in lawn chair, and one member of the undead duo was holding a sign that includes the words “Bernie” and “dream in the river.”
“I don’t think they were trying to set up anything to scare anyone. I think they were gonna try to be funny,” Lt. Curtis Bagby said.
The Colorado River’s skeleton was also holding a sign that was dated August, 16, 2014, which is probably when a comedian decided to play a funny prank. (Sounds better than Jon Stewart buying a farm.) It is believed the sign is a reference to the movie Weekend At Bernie’s, which features two characters dragging around their dead boss for days. At one point in the movie, Bernie’s corpse falls into the water, so that is very likely the basis of the joke.
Because it is obvious this was just a prank, the sheriff’s office will not investigate the Colorado River skeleton any further.
“Things happen. We go all the time to false alarms. That’s just a first-responder’s life. We’re trying not to be overly concerned about it, not make too big a deal out of it,” Bagby said.
The sheriff’s office does admit that they do plan on having some of their own with the Colorado River skeleton. Once divers recover the skeletons, they’re considering setting up their own tea party outside their building as a joke.
“We like to show some things that are fun, some levity too. But in the meantime, don’t think it’s OK to go put something there,” he said, according to the Associated Press.
[Image via the La Paz Sheriff’s Office/YouTube]