Hudson, New York — Police got a shock after breaking the window of a snow-covered car to rescue what they believed to be the body of an elderly woman who had frozen to death — only to discover that the victim was actually an “extremely realistic” mannequin.
A caller contacted the Hudson police department at around 8:30 A.M., when the temperature hovered at around eight degrees, to report finding the body of an elderly woman in the passenger seat of a Subaru. Police responded to the scene and found the seemingly lifeless woman, who was wearing a seat belt and an oxygen mask.
After attempts to reach the vehicle’s owner were unsuccessful, cops decided to break a rear window, and opened the door to discover the mannequin complete with real clothing, shoes, teeth, and even age spots.
According to authorities, the car’s owner is a sales manager for a company that manufactures medical-training aids, and the white-haired dummy is actually a CPR training device.
Hudson Police Chief Edward Moore said the owner was “incredulous” that they had broken his window. “Just to clear the record, all citizens of Hudson should be put on notice that if you park your locked vehicle on the street on a sub-zero night with a life-size realistic mannequin seated in it… we will break your window,” Moore responded in a statement. “I commend everyone who responded with the intentions to help an elderly woman.”
Police say that no charges have been filed.
Main photo: Realistic mannequin in car [Hudson Police Dept. via CBS New York (screenshot)]