An eerie cloaked figure has reportedly invaded the small city of Gastonia, NC. Although some local citizens see the masquerade as a disturbing joke, others are very concerned because this unknown person is doing a bit more than just making random appearances. According to New York Daily News, the “cloaked figure” has also created a form of a trademark, allegedly leaving raw meat around a local playground. Disturbing photos of the veiled person have also surfaced online, but no one has a clue who this man or woman may be.
According to WGHP News, the latest mysterious photo, which only shows the person’s arm, was taken near the city’s Hudson Creek apartment complex and uploaded to Reddit. A local resident was able to snap the photo of the cloaked figure from inside a window but, unfortunately, the person still cannot be identified.
“We don’t know if it’s one of our residents with an interesting way of presenting themselves, or if it’s a trespasser,” he said, Lance Calhoun, director of operations for the apartment complex’s management company, Southwood Realty.
However, there’s one clue that leads many to believe the same person is behind it all. Apparently, raw meat has also been found around the apartment complex. One local resident recently reported finding a whole bag of raw meat at a nearby playground. Needless to say, many residents fear for the safety of their families and find the person’s attire quite disconcerting.
“I see why it could be easy to make a joke out of it, but this is serious,” said local reside, Brooke Conrad, according to The Gazette. “We live in a world today where you don’t know what’s going on and you don’t know people.”
The alarming photos have not only caught the attention of local citizens but, social media users as well. On August 17, The Gazette took to Facebook with a post about the cloaked figure. More than 1,000 users have commented on the post, voicing their concerns about the mysterious photo. The recent reports have received mixed opinions via Twitter. Even if the cloaked figure stratagem is only a hoax or prank, many Twitter users definitely don’t see the humor in it. However, there are some who do not take the situation seriously.
The Gastonia Police Department is well aware of local residents’ concerns but, unfortunately, there is very little that can be done at this point. Gastonia PD spokeswoman Donna Lasher has released a statement about the cloaked figure on behalf of the law enforcement agency.
“There’s no validation that it was Hudson Woods,” Lasher said. “It could have come from anywhere. We don’t know if this is some bogus prank somebody is playing.”
[Image via Facebook; Reddit]