Man mistakes dead woman for mannequin, throws body in trash

Updated: 04/03/2014 4:08 PM | Created: 04/03/2014 4:03 PM
By: Josh Green, WFLA

A St. Petersburg, Florida man who thought someone was playing an April Fool's Day prank on him accidentally threw away a dead woman's body into a dumpster, thinking she was a mannequin.

"It's one of those crazy circumstances that probably wouldn't replicate itself in a hundred years," says police spokesman Mike Puetz.

The bizarre incident started Wednesday morning around 4:30, when a desk clerk at the Peterborough Apartments went out to the parking lot to take a smoke break.

The body of a 96-year-old woman who had jumped from her 16th story apartment was on the ground, but the man didn't process it that way, according to police.

"From a distance, he thought this was part of an April Fool's prank," Puetz said. "He didn't go and investigate. He just thought somebody was trying to prank him and he didn't even want to go check it out because he figured somebody was going to jump out of the bushes and scare him."

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