TAMPA — As Mitchell and Judith Fletcher decorated for Halloween last week, they noticed something odd about their new skeleton prop.
It appeared to be made of real human bones.
The Tampa couple called deputies, who arrived at the house to find a full anatomical skeleton. It most likely was made for academic study, the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office said Monday.
The couple told deputies they bought the skeleton several weeks ago at an estate sale. They thought it was plastic. But as they decorated, they began to think otherwise.
Deputies went to the house on Lime Tree Road and took the skeleton. They found a serial number on the femur.
The skeleton was turned over to the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office for further investigation.