The discovery of an apparent headless body near a stream triggered a major police operation in southern Germany.
A passer-by spotted what appeared to be a clothed but headless corpse covered in blood lying by a stream in Remstal, near Stuttgart, on Monday evening.
A police cordon was set up around the area and 20 firefighters attended the scene to retrieve the body – only to find that it was a dummy.
“It really looked like a dead body,” a police spokesman said.
He added it was already dark too, and the first officers to arrive at the scene also believed it was a headless body.
It was only once firefighters got close enough that it was confirmed that it was not a corpse, German newspaper Bild reported.
Pictures showed the dummy dressed in a striped yellow and black long-sleeve top and jeans.