Cornwall: ‘Body’ found by family turned out to be sex doll

St Neot in Cornwall

Police cordoned off the area and brought a body bag for the “murder victim” (Image: Google Maps)

A terrified family called the police after discovering a “body dumped in the woods” – but it turned out to be just a sex doll.

Vikram Dawson, 36, had stopped in the bushes to use the toilet but ran back to the car to tell his wife he had encountered a naked figure lying face down.

Shriya Vikram went to see the “murder victim” before the couple sounded the alarm that a murderer was likely at large in St Neot, Cornwall.

Describing the incident, teaching assistant Shriya said she had “never seen her husband look so pale or so frightened.”

“I couldn’t believe what he was saying,” she told The Sun. “He got us all in the car and locked all the doors before telling the police what he saw.”

The couple, who were driving home from vacation with their daughters Sasha, 5, and Maya, 2, and Vikram’s mother, Kriti, were told to remain at the scene until officers arrived.

However, they fled when a man with neck tattoos, whom they believed to be “very suspicious,” slowly drove by and returned 15 minutes later.

When officers called to ask where the five had gone, they turned and found two police vehicles and the area cordoned off.

Shriya, from Romsey, Hampshire, said: “It all seemed as real as it did in the films.

“Then they picked up the body and found it was a bit light. It turned out to be a light colored rubber sex doll. I think I saw breasts.”

Noting that police officers had brought a body bag, she added, “You were brilliant, to be fair, and that was the decent and right thing to do to protect your modesty.”

The situation unfolded after someone either “played a prank” or “thrown away” the mannequin as it was no longer wanted, the family believes.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “We were called just before midday on Monday 11 April with reports of a body found in the undergrowth a few miles beyond Liskeard. Officers attended and found a headless mannequin.

“The call was made in good faith and to ensure there were no further calls from the public, the item was removed and disposed of by officers.”

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