Lake Marie 'Foot' Mystery Solved

Lake County Sheriff's office finds a mannequin's foot in a lake that was previously believed to be a human foot

By Dominic Trombino
|  Thursday, Aug 11, 2011  |  Updated 11:21 AM EDT
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After more than eight hours of searching, Lake County Sheriff's officials found the human foot spotted in Lake Marie Wednesday -- and determined it was actually that of a mannequin.

Police responded Wednesday morning to a call of a child reporting an unattached human foot that fell off his fishing line only feet from a boat.

Two adults with the child also believed the object was a human foot, according to the Lake County Sheriff's office.

Divers searched with sonar equipment for the foot until approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Lt. Christopher Thompson, when they discovered it was not a human foot.

"It was a Halloween prop," Thompson told NBCChicago.

"Needless to say everyone involved is relieved that the foot turned out to be a fake one," he said in a statement.

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