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Police find hair sticking out of vehicle's trunk belonged to mannequin

UPI
Police in Christchurch, New Zealand, discovered reported hair hanging out from the back of a driver's trunk belonged to a mannequin head used for hairdresser training. Photo by Taken/Pixabay.com

Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A New Zealand woman received a call from police after she was seen driving with a clump of hair hanging out of the trunk of her car that turned out to be a mannequin head.

Sophie Milne, 26, of Christchurch, said she hadn't realized the hair was hanging out from her trunk for about a week until she was called by police.

Police told Milne they had received multiple calls from concerned citizens who were worried about a potential person trapped in her trunk.

The hair turned out to belong to "Cher," a mannequin head Milne had used for hairdressing training. She said the hair must have been caught in the trunk opening for at least a week, as that was the last time she had opened the back of the vehicle.

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"Generally speaking, we can say that we'd always rather people call police if they have any concerns about suspicious behavior or concerns for anyone's safety, so we can make inquiries," a police spokesperson told Stuff.co.nz. "We'd rather it turn out to be nothing than not be notified of something that needed police attention."

Ontario police had a similar sense of relief earlier this year when a dive team was summoned on a report of a body floating in a South Simcoe canal. The reported remains turned out to be a discarded mannequin.