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Joke Not Funny To Fayetteville Police

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FAYETTEVILLE — April 24, 1996 - 10:22 a.m. EDT

Tuesday afternoon, an employee at a Fayetteville Rose's store found what appeared to be a severed human hand inside a plastic bag on a lawnmower seat. Upon examination, it turned out to be a bear claw.

Police at first thought the body part might have indicated a murder. Now they think it was someone's idea of a joke, one they don't find to be funny.

The claw had been skinned and the top knuckles cut off, making it difficult to identify. Medical experts in Chapel Hill conducted the examination

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