A man was horrified to find a box of human bones after leaving his house to investigate some juvenile voices.
The unnamed man told cops in Ohio that on March 24 he heard children in the alley next to his house.
He explained that when he left the house to see what was going on, he noticed that his neighbour's garage door had been left open.
He then went inside and was terrified by what he saw.
Mt Healthy Police Chief Vince Demasi told WLWT: "He observed a box, which he looked at and saw the human remains, became concerned, took the box and called police."
Police subsequently launched an investigation into the origin of the bones and were shocked by what they found.
"I got to tell you, it's one of the more bizarre cases in my 40-plus year history that we ever stumbled across," Demasi said.
Police reckon that the bones were actually relics owned by a spooky cult-like group called the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, who had a lodge in Mt Healthy, Ohio.
They also discovered that over 100 years ago prisons in the state used to sell unclaimed bodies, hence the theory is that the Odd Fellows had purchased some remains for some sort of ritual.
The Odd Fellows' lodge was bought by a family who then found the bones, named them "Frieda" and let them sit in the garage for decades.
Demasi said: "I don't exactly know what to think about it, but I tend to believe it."
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Hamilton County Coroner's Office now have the bones but, although investigations are ongoing, it is unclear whether they will be able to identify who they once were.
Independent Order of Odd Fellows was founded in 1819 by Thomas Wildley in Baltimore, Maryland, but evolved from an older order based in England in the 1700s.
According to their website: "The command of the IOOF is to 'visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan'. The mission is to 'improve and elevate the character of mankind'."
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