Families in San Clemente, California, found a strange surprise on their doorstep this week: porcelain dolls. Eleven families reported finding the dolls, with each doll resembling a little girl who lived in the house. Understandably, the families called in Orange County police to investigate this very strange, and creepy, development. But late last night the Sheriff's Department said they solved the riddle.
The little girls targeted were around ten years old, and most of them go to the same elementary school. The families also all live in the same residential neighborhood of Talega. At the beginning of the week, only four dolls were reported, but the number then jumped to eight, then to eleven.
Parents who reported the incidents were especially concerned by the resemblance of the dolls to their own daughters, according to the local Sheriff's Department. The sheriff did not consider this a crime, but they did launch an investigation and reached out to the public for help.
"Is it a prank? Is there some specific motivation?," questioned the Sheriff’s Department Lt. Jeff Hallock. "Obviously, there’s an indication by some the parents that the dolls resemble their daughters. We’re talking about children here. Anything that has the potential to involve children causes us some concern.”