One of the fake skeletons was holding the sign that included the words "Bernie" and "dream in the river".
A man who went snorkeling in Colorado river alerted the authorities after he found what looked like human skeletal remains at the bottom of the river. After he called the police at the La Paz County Sheriff's Department, the authorities went out on a search, and divers from the Buckskin Fire Department swam down to investigate. Much to everyone's relief and surprise, it was found that the skeletons, seated comfortably in lawn chairs, turned out to be fake, reported NBC News.
One of the skeletons was holding the sign that included the words "Bernie" and "dream in the river". While the entire sign was not readable enough, the police said it had the date of August 16, 2014, which is possibly when the skeletons were placed. In an interview with ABC News, Lt. Curtis Bagby said, "I don't think they were trying to set up anything to scare anyone. I think they were gonna try to be funny."
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The sign could also be a reference to the 1989 movie Weekend at Bernie's, in which the two main characters carry around the dead body of their boss for days, where they lose and recover the body multiple times. At least once in the movie, Bernie's corpse falls off a boat and into the water. The Sheriff's office called the scene a tea party. Bagby added, "Things happen. We go all the time to false alarms. That's just a first-responder's life."
He added, "We're trying not to be overly concerned about it, not make too big a deal out of it." After finding out the skeletons were fake, the sheriff's office said they won't launch an investigation regarding who left these skeletons in the water. Instead, they decided to have some fun. Bagby added that the skeletons will be placed in front of the Sheriff's office as a joke. Bagby said, "We like to show some things that are fun, some levity too. But in the meantime, don't think it's OK to go put something there.
While we are on the topic of scary things underwater, did you know there is a Jason Voorhees statue at the bottom of Minnesota Lake? It was built by Doug Klein in 2013 and was installed by Curtis Lahr at this popular underwater diving site in Crosby, Minnesota. While the statue is not placed under the Camp Crystal Lake, anyone would be scared to see the statue of this iconic fictional serial killer.
A video of the statue underwater was uploaded by Lahr and the description reads, "A Jason Voorhees statue built and planted in the Louise mine pit in Crosby MN. Planted in 2013. The statue was built and planted by my good friend and dive buddy, Doug. Don't bother looking for him unless you're an experienced diver! It's very cold (38F year-round) and dark. It's not worth risking injury or death to see him! Very easy to find if you know the pit. Swim straight out from the access to the training platform, continue past it staying to the right and follow the drop-off ledge, on the way you should see a snowmobile, and eventually a sailboat with a dingy behind it will show up on your left."
In 2013, a statue of Jason Voorhees built by Doug Klein was installed 120 feet deep in a lake in Crosby, Minnesota, which is a popular spot for divers. The statue was unfortunately dredged from the lake in 2018 after being deemed ‘trash’. pic.twitter.com/Jx94Z6bHXd— Fear Catalogue (@FearCatalogue) September 29, 2019
It is placed 120ft underwater and the statue comes with a complete machete and a hockey mask. The original video was uploaded in 2014 but it only went becoming viral in 2018.