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Stabbed dolls, dead birds and other disturbing objects have been found on a picnic table at a park in West Virginia, prompting an investigation by local authorities.
Photos of the scene were shared to Facebook on Friday by White Sulphur Springs resident Justin Via, who was fishing in the area when he stumbled upon it.
What appears to be fruit, candlesticks and salt are littered across the picnic table. Dead birds, blood and stabbed dolls can also be seen in some of the photos, as well as a clock with “333” written in blood on it.
One photo shows a star, seemingly made out of sticks, surrounded by a ring of salt laid out on the ground with a beheaded, bloody doll placed beside it.
This is the second scene discovered recently of a similar nature, according to local NBC affiliate WVVA-TV. The Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Natural Resources (DNR) and the White Sulphur Springs Police are reportedly investigating.
Global News reached out to the county’s DNR office for comment but didn’t hear back by the time of publication.
Via made the discovery on April 17 in the early morning. He said he’d been in the Blue Bend area until 8:30 p.m. the day prior and didn’t notice anything.
“Now I am not against any religious ceremony/gathering or anyone’s beliefs, however this goes beyond personal beliefs and ceremonies,” the post reads.
“This is on state property as well as a very public place where children and others can/are being affected.”
Many in the comments seem to believe this was a product of kids’ boredom.
“This is all fake bulls—t by stupid a— children,” one Facebook user wrote.
“I think it’s just kids because of all the dolls,” another said. “If I were going to do something like this, I would have made spell dolls and not used Barbies.”
One person commented: “This looks staged. Someone needs attention.”
Sgt. Andy Lyons of the West Virginia DNR told WVVA-TV crimes being investigated appear to be environmental and related to animal cruelty, given that dead birds were found at the site.