Thursday, May 12, 2016

Mystery over meat-wrapped knives stabbed into trees

A 1½-year-long mystery continues in Omaha, Nebraska, after someone left knives wrapped in meat in trees in Leavenworth Park on Tuesday.

All that could be seen were handles, the rest surrounded by what looked like meat, butcher paper and duct tape, stabbed into trees around the city trail. Omaha police removed the knives and said they are investigating. John Costanzo with the Leavenworth Neighbourhood Association said the findings aren’t the first.

“It is very strange,” he said. “Probably for about the last year, year and a half, neighbours have been finding steaks or other various pieces of meat pinned to the tree with knives.” Constanzo said neighbours have called in dozens of these incidents. Police reports have been filed and the crime lab has visited the scene. But the mystery of the meat-wrapped knives continues.

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For many in the area, it’s not just weird, but worrisome. “It is concerning though, I mean, this is right along the trail that kids use and having knives readily accessible where kids could pick them up is definitely a hazard,” Costanzo said. Officers confirmed the meat is not human. Anyone with information is asked to call the police.

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