Fake Bloody Legs Appear at Memorial for Shark Attack Victim

July 22, 2019 Updated: July 22, 2019

Police are working to identify a person who placed lifelike fake legs at a memorial for a bodyboarder who died near there.

According to Fox News, a total of three legs were removed from the Cape Cod, Massachusetts, beachside memorial site for Arthur Medici, who died there last year.

The first leg was found in March 2019 and the second set was found in June, the report stated. The second leg was found bolted to a fence, said Chief Ronald Fisette.

Officials also discovered that two of the legs were quite lifelike. Over the weekend, one fake leg was found with jeans, a gash, and blood.

One leg had “R.I.P.,” or “rest in peace,” written on it, Fox reported.

Last year, officials determined that Medici likely suffered a severed femoral artery in one of his legs, the Fox report said.

Officials said the fake legs weren’t considered vandalism. However, many viewed it as poor taste.

“At this time we don’t have a charge,” Fisette was quoted as saying. “At this time I don’t have enough information.”

911 Call Released

“Hello, I’m at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Massachusetts,” a man who witnessed the attack told the dispatcher. “I’ve just seen a surfer get bit by a shark.”

“I’m sorry, you said somebody got bit by a shark?” asked the dispatcher.

“Yeah, about 300 yards down the beach,” the man said. “I saw the whole thing happen.”

“Sir, hold on please,” the dispatcher continued. “Hello, Are you right next to the person right now?”

“No, I’m not, I’m off the beach,” the man told the dispatcher in the 911 call (which can be heard in the video above). “I watched the whole thing happen….It was a helluva hit, man. I saw the whole thing happen.”

Later, the dispatcher asked about Medici’s state. “OK, do you know by chance if the person is conscious and breathing?” the dispatcher asked the man. “I have no idea…I’m literally an eighth of a mile away,” he responded.
Image of an attacking shark. (Three Shots/Pixabay)

Medici, who was originally from Brazil and was living in Cape Cod, became the first fatal shark attack victim in Massachusetts since the 1930s.

Witnesses described a frantic scene.

“All of a sudden somebody yelled ‘shark, shark!’ and we noticed a big crowd at the end of the beach,” Tony Sherwell said, NECN reported. Added Joe Booth: “I was that guy on the beach screaming, ‘Shark! Shark!’ It was like right out of that movie ‘Jaws.’ This has turned into Amity Island real quick out here.”

“There was a lot of blood,” Rich Littauer said. “A lot of blood.”

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