A 26-year-old U.K. woman alerted police to a “human toe” she found sticking out of the ground during an evening stroll. Thankfully it turned out to be something much less gruesome.
According to The Mirror, Katie Wilkinson was taking a walk but decided to stray off her usual path. She noticed something sticking out of the ground and snapped a picture.
Wilkinson shared her snapshot with friends who agreed that it looked like a human toe so she called the police. Within minutes guards showed up to investigate.
With authorities agreeing that her photo looked like a human body part, Wilkinson led the way to where she saw it sticking out of the mud but couldn’t pinpoint its exact location. More investigators showed up; now it was a full-on systematic sweep.
After a thorough search the authorities came up empty-handed and that’s when they called in the sniffer dogs to take over. It wasn’t long before the K9 units found the object, but it wasn’t a decomposing toe—it was just a potato!
One investigator brought the tuber to show Wilkinson.
“He then held out his hand which was holding a potato,” said Wilkinson. “I immediately felt so embarrassed. I couldn’t believe I had wasted all their time for a potato.”
“I was so apologetic. I just kept repeating that I was so sorry for wasting their time. I felt awful. They reassured me that I had done the right thing.”
Wilkinson said the authorities were also fooled: “The detective said ‘I even thought it was a toe, and I am a detective.’ This made me feel better and reassured me that I was not going mad by thinking I had found a toe.”
But all’s well that ends well.
“Although I was mortified, I was so relieved that it was a potato,” adds Wilkinson. “I don’t know how I would’ve dealt with it if it had been a toe or if it had been attached to a body.”
Despite the confusion, law enforcement said Wilkinson did the right thing calling the police saying the report was in good faith and anyone else seeing something suspicious should also report it.
Top image credit: Katie Wilkinson via Caters News
Source: Mirror News