ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Police in Maryland investigating reports of a casket photographed bobbing up and down in a river discovered the object was something far less macabre.
A post to a local radio station’s Facebook page Tuesday showed a rectangular object with flat sides and a curved top floating in the South River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis.
The concrete slab, resembling a coffin, sparked complaints of a possible hazard in the water, The Capital Gazette reported.
Department of Natural Resources police were dispatched to the river, where a hydrographic operations team helped pull what turned out to be a floating dock from the water, according to the agency.
SOUTH RIVER MYSTERY SOLVED: Our hydrographic operations team and @MDNRPolice responded to reports of what looked like a burial vault in the South River — but our crew found it was just part of a floating dock, now removed from the water. pic.twitter.com/ZpKUr6xJwI
— Maryland DNR (@MarylandDNR) September 3, 2020