Imagine snorkeling in a lake or river and finding human remains under the water. That happened to a man snorkeling in the Colorado River in Arizona near the California border and he called the authorities to investigate what appeared to be “skeletal remains” at the river bottom.
Arizona authorities launched a search for the remains on Monday with divers from the Buckskin Fire Department swimming down to investigate.
What they found appeared to be a tea party at the bottom of the river with fake skeletons seated comfortably in lawn chairs, wearing sunglasses and looking like they were having tea, according to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office.
One of the skeletons was holding a sign that included the words “Bernie” and “dream in the river,” though the entire sign is not legible, police said. The sign also had the date of Aug. 16, 2014, which is possibly when the skeletons were placed there, police said.
“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. He added he thought the sign could be a reference to the movie “Weekend at Bernie’s.”
“Things happen, we go all the time to false alarms,” Bagby said. “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.”
According to ABC News, the divers will recover the skeletons sometime this week, Bagby added, saying he’s considering placing them outside the sheriff’s office as a joke.
“We like to show some things that are fun, some levity too,” he said. “But in the meantime, don’t think it’s OK to go put something there.”
Looks like a bunch of college kids had a fun weekend putting the skeletons there and are having another fun week now that they’ve been found.