She Gave a Deputy the Finger—Literally, She Gave It to Him (Warning: This is Graphic!)
Sooo, anyone missing a finger?
Chandelier Drive Through Tree in Leggett found one. Or at least the tip of one. According to Lee Ann Maidrand who has worked at the attraction for 14 years, the fingertip “was tucked inside of a log you can climb inside.”
A child found the fingertip and she and her mother brought Maidrand to look at it. “[T]hey were hopeful it was a mushroom,” she explained.
The fingertip “was stuffed in a hole in the log that’s on it’s side,” explained Maidrand. “It was probably about two inches tucked inside the log…There was no blood anywhere. It looks like someone just placed it there.”
Maidrand took photos and we’ve posted them below. (Please don’t look unless you are prepared for graphic images.) However, she described the fingertip as looking “smashed.” She considered that it might be a toe. “It was bigger than my thumb,” she said. “It was filed…. No nail polish.”
Maidrand said the fingertip appeared to have been recently attached to a human, “I poked it with a stick; it was still soft.”
Although chainsaw art is made on the premises occasionally, none has been made there recently. And, Maidrand said, “No one has reported an accident recently either. I was there the night before…. nothing. No one reported to any of the employees that anything happened….I can’t imagine someone chopping their finger off and leaving it behind.”
Maidrand contacted the Mendocino Sheriff’s Office and a deputy came to pick up the piece. Although we have requested information form the Sheriff’s Office on whether the office thinks a crime might have occurred or if this might be an accident, as of publishing time they have not recontacted us.
Meanwhile, Maidrand has hopes they might be able to identify the person the fingertip belongs to. “There is a good fingerprint,” she said. “I hope they fingerprint that.”
Before you go further, please remember that the photos below are quite graphic and may disturb some people.
This seems to be the kind of article that shows up on my desk…(See story on the Lost Coast Outpost) My mom must be so proud….