This will probably go down as the shortest murder investigation in history. The Dutch police started investigated a murder victim. Turned out, the body was actually a snowman.
In winters, building a snowman, enjoying hot cocoa, and wearing oversized hoodies is what keeps us sane. Where many people build the typical snowman shape there are some creativity freaks out there who like to experiment every now and then.
This is what recently happened. A group of friends made a snowman that appeared to be making snow angels on the ground. However, that is not what the Dutch police precepted.
The unique snowman was built in a dark and quiet area near the Oosterpark area. The officers, during their patrol, came across the snowman and believed that it was a murder victim.
However, as they got closer to the body, they realized it was, in fact, a snowman that had been built lying on the floor with its arms and legs spread.
In a Facebook post, the police department wrote,
On Tuesday evening, officers in a car were patrolling through the Oosterpark, until they suddenly saw a person lying lifeless on the ground in the distance. A victim of a crime? Did someone get unwell? After our colleagues approached the ‘body’ they saw that police tape or an ambulance would not be needed. It was actually a handsome piece of ‘snow art’, including a carrot nose! At least the colleagues could laugh a lot about it.
Police have yet to trace the creators of the snowman, presumably because the trail has gone cold.
The Netherlands, like much of Europe, has been shivering through a February cold snap that has pushed temperatures to near-record lows.
A temperature of -20.5C was logged in Egmond aan Zee, 25 miles from Amsterdam, on Wednesday night, and forecasters are expecting that to dip even lower at the weekend.
This little feat was backed by the fact that the Netherlands issued its first nationwide ‘code red’ alert in nine years, as heavy snow and strong winds continue to engulf the country.
Hence, the police did not expect anyone to be out there in the snow. This warning comes as eight inches of snow and icy winds of up to 56 miles an hour was expected this week
In consequence of the warning, all Dutch coronavirus facilities were closed on Sunday, February 7, and train services were cut to a minimum service. Amsterdam’s city council also closed all canal locks in the hope that ice skating, a well-loved winter activity in the Netherlands, might be possible during the week. Dozens of flights were delayed or canceled at Schiphol airport while Eindhoven airport scrapped all services.
Most parts of the country had between two and four inches of snow but some areas received 12 inches, public broadcaster NOS said.
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