Divers find fake skeleton tea party at bottom of river

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The La Paz County Sheriff’s Office and Buckskin Fire Department responded to a report of “found human remains” in the Colorado River Monday morning, but happily found the skeletons to be fake.

On Monday, May 4, 2015 at approximately 10 a.m., the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of Cienega Springs boat launch in regards to a report of found human remains. The reporting person stated that they were out snorkeling when they noticed skeletal remains at the bottom of the river.

Sheriff’s Office personnel met with members of the Buckskin Fire Department who sent one of their divers down to investigate. The diver took an underwater camera and video recorded the footage as he saw it, which was posted to the Sheriff’s Department Facebook page and is included above.

When Firefighter Foerstner located the alleged remains, he found it to be an “underwater tea-party with two fake skeletons sitting in lawn chairs.”

Although the call itself was resource intensive, both the Sheriff’s Office and Buckskin Fire were happy to find that the remains weren’t real and thanked the reporting party for making the call.


  1. Janice MacLean

    Wow! Who would go thru the trouble of staging this!

  2. Joaquin Vences


  3. Mara Castro

    I think thats pretty awesome!

  4. Weldon Brent Johnson Jr.

    Musta been the first English settlers/visitors/colonist…………………………………ya think???? Or wait wait i got another one……
    Is there a feather in his cap with Macaroni embroidered on his cloth next to a pony????

  5. Corrine Borman

    Whoever did it, has been waiting since 2014 for them to be found.

  6. Mary McLaughlin

    Can you image discovering this?! What a hoot!

  7. Julie Camp

    #rad I see a selfie in my near future. 🙂

  8. Eric Van Schaik

    Hillary acquaintance?… Fake and dead?:)

  9. Corrine Borman

    Now they are asking the “perps” to come forward with the story behind the skeleton tea party. It’s big news here in our little town.

  10. Eric Van Schaik

    It was over a YouTube video:)

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  12. Christina Ann Foster Balvanz

    Maybe it was for a photo shoot!

  13. Roy Beckwith

    Thought it was a dry heat. ..

  14. Lori Leitzke Lusk

    Epic! But this is Parker, do we really think it was a tea party?

  15. Orlando Short Sr

    It was a HOLY DIVER! lol

  16. I don’t think it was funny at all. Glad it was a joke, no human remains, but not funny.

  17. A skeleton tea party on the river bed? That’s certainly funny. And law enforcement got a chance to smile for a change, boost morale and get some response training in too. I’d say that’s a win-win for everyone.

  18. Kristin Brundige

    This is great stuff! SOOO… FUNNY! I’m glad to know that the guys who were called to the site, could find the humor in this, we will enjoy this story for years. Hats off to the person or persons who put them there. Funny, Funny, Funny. I know the guy that found the skeletons and made the call. he’s always out there looking for stuff so I’m not surprised that it was him that made this discovery.

  19. Brandy Martin O

    Ohhhhhhhh my gosh that was great! very fun! we need more stuff like that, and wow it was pretty deep there.

  20. Theresa Gurney

    Wow it’s funny how they did that tho

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