Police Have Discovered a Dead Body Inside a Giant Papier-Mache Dinosaur Sculpture in Spain

Authorities believe the man was trying to retrieve his phone when he got stuck inside.

The papier-mache stegosaurus in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Spain.
The papier-mache stegosaurus in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Spain.

From the department of you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up comes this: a dead body was recently discovered inside a dinosaur sculpture in Spain.

Last Saturday, a man and his son in the Barcelona suburb of Santa Coloma de Gramenet spied something strange inside an old papier-mache stegosaurus created to promote a now-closed movie theater.

Through a crack in the creature’s leg, they saw what looked to be the body of a middle-aged man.

They were right.

Local police have since determined it to be the body of a 39-year-old who was reported missing just hours earlier.

“We’re still waiting for the autopsy results, so we don’t know how long he was in there, but it seems he was there for a couple of days,” a spokesperson for the police department told local news outlets.

Firefighters used saws to open the statue on Saturday as they removed the body. Footage of the process was shared online by local news site El Mirall.

Though the incident is still under investigation, authorities believe the man was trying to retrieve his cell phone, which was dropped inside the statue. 

“It’s an accidental death; there was no violence,” local police said, according to the Guardian. “This person got inside the statue’s leg and got trapped.

“It looks as though he was trying to retrieve a mobile phone, which he’d dropped. It looks like he entered the statue head first and couldn’t get out.”


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