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New Brunswick woman’s Halloween skeleton prompts call to police

A Fredericton woman who bought a life-like skeleton from a Halloween-themed yard sale had her latest purchase spook locals more than she imagined.

Rachel Thompson-Schmidt told the Telegraph Journal that she found a number of police officers surrounding her parked car after she finished grocery shopping last weekend.

Originally, she thought police were targeting her because they thought she was shoplifting, but realized what the problem was when an officer told her they received a call about her “passenger.”

“I said ‘Oh, my God! Are you talking about the Halloween skeleton?’ I laughed and he said ‘Someone had called and said they thought there was a body in a car.’ I thought it was hilarious,” she said.

Thompson-Schmidt explained that her 11-year-old son named the skeleton “Jeffy,” and because it was too big to be put in her car’s trunk, they strapped it in the front seat with a seatbelt and went about their day.

She said once officers checked her car out, they saw it was nothing.

Alycia Bartlett, a spokesperson for the Fredericton Police Force, told the local paper that there are many situations where what originally is reported to police turns out to be something different.

“Good news is, we went to check it out and thankfully, it was just a decoration,” she said. “Unfortunately, it did cause some people who saw it some concern.”

Thompson-Schmidt apologized to residents in a Facebook post and said she was sorry if Jeffy scared anyone.