Man wants nothing more than credit for finding plastic skeletons in Colorado River

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While scuba diving in the Colorado River in May, Martin Sholl thought he found human remains floating at the bottom. Unnerved, Sholl called local deputies, but it turned out what Sholl believed to be human remains were just a couple of plastic skeletons dressed like people sitting "in lawn chairs…apparently having a tea party," the Today's News-Herald reported.


Classic! Eventually, the skeletons were placed at a local diving area near where Sholl found them, and everyone laughed, and enjoyed the skeletons, and all was well.

But not for Sholl. See, while other folks enjoyed the quirky news story and smirked at the clothed skeletons, Sholl privately seethed, livid he received no credit for his discovery.


On Friday, Sholl decided enough was enough. He dove to the foot of the lake—where the plastic skeletons sat tethered to lawn chairs—and grabbed them for himself. The skeletons are now on his balcony.

The News-Herald reports that he was upset that nobody gave him the proper credit for discovering the skeletons in the first place:

According to Sholl, the media’s focus was on La Paz County Deputy Curt Bagby, who led the recovery of the two plastic skeletons and the investigation into their origins.

“The story and video went viral, and still I was ‘the snorkeler,” he said. “I called (a local news agency) and asked why I wasn’t mentioned, and they said Bagby thought I didn’t want to because I was too embarrassed. They had my info – He could have asked me.”

Bagby said they usually resist naming names when it comes to police's interactions with the media, but that's no matter: Sholl's still pissed.

"Arrest me then Bagby. He cant because i didnt break the law. He’s pouting like a baby. thats all," Sholl reportedly wrote in an internet comment on Parker Live Online.


The La Paz County Sheriff's office will not be arresting Sholl, the World-News Herald says.

Michael Rosen is a reporter for Fusion based out of Oakland.

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