Investigators are scratching their heads after a homeless man walked into a Florida shopping center with a human skull.
Witnesses say the man was using the remains as a makeshift puppet while walking through the parking lot of a Publix in Sebastian, Florida, WBPF reports.
“He had put the skull on top of a trash can over there because he wanted to tell somebody to call the sheriff’s office,” Indian River county Sheriff’s Office spokesman Thomas Raulen told the station.
Though the origins of the skull were originally a mystery, the rest of the remains have since been discovered by police. Located in the woods, the area is frequented by transients and several residents have claimed to know John Doe’s identity.
Raulen believes the body wasn’t decapitated but suspects “the body was deteriorated for so long that the skull was simply sitting there with the rest of the bones.” Nevertheless, investigators claim they have not yet confirmed the person’s identity or cause of death.