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Foot Snagged By Fishermen Was Just A Halloween Prop

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A child fishing in Lake Marie in Antioch caught this item thinking it was a severed human foot, but after a search, authorities found it was a mere Halloween prop. (Credit: Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

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ANTIOCH, Ill. (CBS) — The suspected human foot that fishermen caught in a lake in Antioch turned out to be a mere Halloween prop.

Around 9 a.m. Wednesday, a child told Lake County Sheriff’s deputies that while fishing in Lake Marie in Antioch, he had hooked what he thought was a human foot.

The two adults in the boat with the child agreed that the item looked to be a human foot, although it fell off the fishing line about three feet from the boat, sheriff’s police said.

Working on the assumption that the foot was a real human body part, the Antioch Fire Department’s dive team, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and the Criminal Investigations division, searched the lake. They also brought out sonar equipment to assist in the search, due to low visibility in the dark water.

After about 8 1/2 hours, they did end up finding the foot. But it was a Halloween prop, not a real severed foot.

The fake foot was located at approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, sheriff’s police said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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