Boy finds mummy in attic
Police, prosecutors and forensics experts are facing a mystery after a 10-year-old boy found a human mummy in a sarcophagus in a corner of his grandparents’ attic. A CT scan has revealed a well-preserved human skull, with an arrow sticking out of the left eye socket, and large parts of a skeleton with the arms crossed over the chest, the newspaper Kreiszeitung has reported. The boy’s father, Lutz-Wolfgang Kettler, said his own father, who died 12 years ago, traveled to North Africa in the 1950s and may have brought back the mummy as a grisly souvenir. Pathologist Andreas Nerlich of Munich’s Bogenhausen hospital told news Web site Spiegel Online that, while the skull and the bones are real, the mummy is “a fake, made from one or several human bodies.” Police and prosecutors have taken note of the case in the town of Diepholz, Lower Saxony state, and are waiting for more information on where the body came from before looking into the possibility of modern-age foul play.
Family finds shipwreck gold
A Florida family who spend their time together hunting for treasure struck it rich over the weekend, hauling up an estimated US$300,000 worth of gold from an historic wreckage in the Atlantic Ocean. Brent Brisben, whose company owns the rights to the wreckage, said Rick and Lisa Schmitt, and their grown children Hillary and Eric, found gold chains and coins from the wreckage of a convoy of 11 ships that went down in a hurricane off the coast of Florida in 1715 en route from Havana to Spain. Briben’s company bought the rights to the wreck site from the heirs of legendary treasure hunter Mel Fisher in 2010 and allows others, including the Schmitts, to search under subcontracting agreements.
Surfboard pierces windshield
A man was driving along a Honolulu freeway over the weekend when a surfboard crashed through the windshield just inches from his face, leaving him with only scratches on his face and arms. Jerrin Ching was driving on the H-1 freeway on Sunday morning when the red surfboard came out of nowhere and pierced through the glass, he told KHON-TV. Witnesses told police the surfboard fell off an overpass and bounced off a school bus. Ching said he on his way to pick up a friend at the University of Hawaii, when “all of a sudden I see this red thing come out of nowhere and turns out it was a surfboard. And it just crashed through my windshield.” It is not known who the board belongs to, or where it came from. “Can you please claim your board, and I don’t know, pay for the windshield or something?” Ching said. “Because you almost killed me.”
Taser incident investigated
Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating an incident in which an 80-year-old woman was struck by police with a Taser and fractured her hip. Special Investigations Unit spokeswoman Monica Hudon on Tuesday said three police officers approached the woman at about 3:30am on Wednesday last week as she walked along a road in Mississauga, Ontario. Hudon said the officers spoke with the woman until “at some point” an officer fired his Taser. Hudon said the woman fell to the ground and was rushed to hospital for treatment of a fractured hip, among other injuries. The province announced on Aug. 28 it would permit officers to carry Tasers.