By Chris Sommerfeldt: Halloween might be around the corner, but this costume is too real — much too real.
Cops in Sacramento, California launched an investigation after a woman with a human skull perched on a stick led them to a dead body Wednesday afternoon.
Patrolling officers spotted the woman, who is homeless, as she walked down a street in the northern part of the city at some point before 2 p.m. They confronted the woman in front of an abandoned house, and quickly realized that the skull on top of the stick she carried was a severed human head, Sacramento police Sgt. Bryce Heinlein told KTXL.
The unidentified woman led the officers to a nearby homeless encampment, where she told them she had found the head.
Detectives and crime scene technicians arrived and eventually found a decomposed body. They combed the area for clues, and a medical examiner was expected to determine a cause of death Friday.
“A call like this is not something that happens every day. We hope we can get down to the bottom of what caused this person to become deceased,” Heinlein said.
A man who only identified himself as Warren lives in a house nearby, and said he recently detected a foul stench coming from the encampment.
“I went to walk back there and thought, Damn! What the hell is that smell? It makes me sick to my stomach, so I turned … and came back here,” Warren said.