Photos of the mysterious person covered in a dark, hooded cloak surfaced on social media earlier this month and went viral after sparking fear among some in the Gastonia neighborhood where the images were believed to be snapped.
The Gaston Gazette reported that residents believe the photo was taken at an apartment complex. Some of them, the newspaper said, blamed the mysterious figure for dumping raw meat near a playground at the complex.
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“A cloaked figure in North Carolina was photographed leaving raw meat near a playground. So sleep isn’t happening now,” one Twitter user posted.
“We don’t know if this is some bogus prank somebody is playing,” Gastonia Police Department spokeswoman Donna Lasher told The Gazette.
“I see why it could be easy to make a joke out of it, but this is serious,” resident Brooke Conrad told The Gaston Gazette. “We live in a world today where you don’t know what’s going on and you don’t know people.”
It’s unclear if the figure is a man or a woman. The pale person was snapped standing by trees outside the Hudson Creek apartment complex, the local paper reported.
“This isn’t just teenagers playing a joke in Gastonia a woman also saw someone just like this doing the same thing two hours away in their town as well,” local Kelsie Cooper wrote on Facebook.
“This is a serious thing that needs to be addressed.”