(WFLA)--The skeleton Judith and Mitchell Fletcher purchased for $8 at an estate sale turned out to be the real thing.
Just how it landed at a yard sale is something Florida's Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is attempting to determine.
"They thought the skeleton was plastic but as they were decorating for Halloween they realized that it in fact appeared to be human bones," Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.
"It had a lot of loose bones and they were wired," Judith Fletcher said. "I asked him (her husband) 'what are you going to do with that?' And I brought it out and took a good look at it and I said, 'you know what? I think this is the real McCoy.'"
"We get calls a lot of times from people who say their dog came home with a bone they think is human, but it's not often we get an intact skeleton," Carter said.
Deputies who took the skeleton from the Fletchers said it appears to be a human anatomical skeleton utilized for study at a college or university.
The skeleton has a serial number on a femur, but so far, Carter said, that number has not shown up on any data bases of stolen or missing property.