During her clean-up of a beach in Perdido Bay, in November 2020, a woman identified only as Kathleen found more than trash or debris. She encountered a headless, barnacle-encrusted corpse, which she reported to Ocean Hour, the nonprofit environmental group with whom she was doing volunteer work. A bystander had already notified the police of the macabre object.
The victim, Kathleen saw, had been decapitated—or so she’d thought. Fortunately, although the “corpse” certainly looked human, authorities determined that it was, in fact, a mannequin. Its origin and the amount of time that it had been in the water remain mysteries.