Buddy can ya lend a hand?posted by Jazz at 2/19/2005 04:27:00 PM
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Police investigate report of severed hand
GUILDERLAND -- Paul Gleasman couldn't decide if the thing on his front lawn was a severed human hand, or a Halloween fake. Gleasman, worried that his young daughters might see the prank, used a shovel to toss the hand into trees behind his West Old State Road house.
But the hand haunted him -- perhaps it was real. His wife urged him to talk to authorities Friday, the day after Gleasman had discovered the hand on their property. As he dropped off his youngest daughter at day care, he mentioned the hand to a parent who is a Guilderland police dispatcher and, in turn, called police, who recovered the apparent hand from the trees. All day police combed the neighborhood for clues, even interrogating Gleasman.
The find even fooled pathologists at the Albany Medical Center, who thought it was a human hand as well. Until they X-rayed it.
"It is not a human hand," said Guilderland Police Lt. Curtis Cox, who got the news at 11 p.m. Friday. "Preliminary X-rays pathology shows that it is an animal claw that was very realistically made up to look like a human hand."
It may have been a bear claw, Cox said.