Japanese police have apparently become the victims of a hoax after the body they thought they found at a seaside resort actually turned out to be a life-sized doll.
Investigators found what seemed like a body wrapped in a sleeping bag in a forest in Izu City, a seaside resort in central Japan, after an anonymous caller reported seeing it, a spokeswoman said.
Investigators felt the 'body' but never actually looked inside the sleeping bag and brought it back to the city police station for a post-mortem examination.
Evidently no one doubted a human body was inside until a medical examiner unwrapped it and found the doll, she said.
The Asahi newspaper said the doll was 'sophisticated', life-sized and was wearing a brown wig, a blouse and a skirt.
Rather than investigating a murder, police are now investigating whether they were victims of a hoax or the whole thing was a misunderstanding.