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'Body' on German tracks is really Papa Smurf balloon

German police strapped ‘the victim’ into a patrol car and drove him to the station. Officers are trying to find next of kin. District Police Rhein-Kreis Neuss

German police strapped ‘the victim’ into a patrol car and drove him to the station. Officers are trying to find next of kin. 

A caller told German police a lifeless, bearded man was lying on railroad tracks in Dusseldorf.District Police Rhein-Kreis Neuss

A caller told German police a lifeless, bearded man was lying on railroad tracks in Dusseldorf.

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  • German police strapped ‘the victim’ into a patrol car and drove him to the station. Officers are trying to find the owner.
  • A caller told German police a lifeless, bearded man was lying on railroad tracks in Dusseldorf.

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German police scrambled a helicopter and stopped train service after receiving a call about a lifeless “bearded man” lying on the tracks in Dusseldorf.

The body was identified as a partially deflated Papa Smurf balloon, police said.

The caller had said the bearded man was wearing a blue coat and red trousers.

Officers handled the call in good humor, taking photos of the victim and giving him a ride to the police station, strapped in the back seat.

They are trying to locate the balloon’s owners.

Authorities said the caller, though mistaken, did the right thing.

“Joking aside, each of the officers involved in the operation was ultimately glad that their initially dire fears proved to be wrong,” a police spokesperson said, according to Britain’s Daily Mirror.

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