TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --
A Florida couple thought they were buying a
Halloween decoration at a yard sale, but it turns out they bought a
real human skeleton.
Judith and Mitchell Fletcher paid $8 for what they thought were a box of scary holiday decorations at a yard sale in Brandon. When they got the box home, they realized they had bought real bones.
They called the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Detectives took the bones to the medical examiner, who determined they came from a professionally prepared human anatomical skeleton, normally used in medical courses.
Sheriff's spokesperson Cristal Bermudez Nunez says detectives are contacting colleges and universities who may be missing a skeleton.
State law prohibits individuals from owning human skeletons, so the Fletchers won't get the bones back.