Police in Japan have been left red-faced by an apparent murder that turned out to be an unusual case of mistaken identity.
Back at the local police headquarters, officials notified reporters who had turned up early the same morning to cover an annual earthquake drill. They began preparing to write up the launch of a major murder investigation.
Dozens of extra officers were dispatched to interview potential witnesses, while the evening edition of the local newspaper carried a report of the gruesome find, complete with a photograph of the body's resting place.
What they don't mention in this story is that by the time the police realised it was a doll, it had already confessed to two charges of shoplifting and one of child neglect.
It is now rumoured to be considering standing as a candidate in the forthcoming election for the new Prime Minister.