Stuffed, life-sized dolls have been sprouting around a small Missouri town on the sides of roads, behind dumpsters and leaning on streetlight poles.
Why you ask? Good question.
The dolls began to pop up in random places earlier in the month in Jefferson County, Missouri.
And to make it even more weird: the dolls don’t have faces while others don’t have heads at all.
“Somebody thinks it’s funny, somebody thinks it’s cute, it’s all fun and games until somebody stops, thinking it’s a child in distress, and gets hit trying to help out,” shared Tim Lewis, Festus Chief of Police.
“So whoever’s doing it, we know you think it’s fun and games, but it could be a very dangerous situation,” Lewis added.
“The hands are sown to the face, there’s no face on it,” Lewis shared. “If you see it from behind, that looks like a little girl crying… somebody’s going to stop. In this town, people are kind-hearted. People are going to stop and make sure that’s not a child.”
“And then they’re going to get hit, or there’s a chance they’re going to get out of the car and get run over,” he continued.
While the dolls not only pose a danger for potential passersbyers but also they are a little…creepy for the residents of Festus and Crystal City.
“At first, I didn’t realize it was a doll,” a local resident shared. “I was like, ‘What is that?’ It looked like it was crying and in time out … I was like, ‘That’s kind of creepy now.’”
According to the outlet, police believe the work is that of a prankster but are investigating while continuing to get multiple calls about the dolls.