UPDATE: Martin Sholl admits to taking the skeletons in the comments section below. He says he did it because he was the person who first spotted them in May, and was never mentioned by name in the international news that followed. He blames Lt. Bagby for this, and Parker Live (despite never contacting us a single time). Sour grapes, it appears. Anyway, ‘mystery’ solved!
UPDATE 2: The story makes national news a second time after other publications pick up the story from Parker Live. Link to a great summary in New York Magazine HERE.
In a discovery that provoked anger Friday, the resident of a riverfront house has apparently swiped Bernie and Bernadette, the famous skeletons that made international news earlier this year, from the bottom of the river and put them on his balcony.
Buckskin Fire Department confirmed the removal of the popular couple from their home on the riverbed, and the firefighters reportedly did not welcome the find. Buckskin’s dive team were first to photograph the skeletons when a local snorkeler asked Parker Live media contributor Michael Collins to call 911, thinking they were real.
La Paz County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Curt Bagby said he asked Buckskin to check on recent reports of the skeletons’ new whereabouts, and said they confirmed it Friday. Parker Live can report that Bernie and Bernadette are now on the Arizona side of the Colorado River near Badenoch’s.
“Technically speaking there’s nothing we can do about it,” Bagby said. “But it’s sad that someone would remove them. They should ashamed to take something for themselves that the community likes so much.”
An anonymous tip left on this website named the person who has allegedly swiped Bernie and Bernadette, and claimed it is the same person who spotted them while snorkeling earlier this year. Parker Live will not name and shame, because we can’t verify the accuracy of the identity of the individual who resides at the house.
Bagby added that there is a way to make this right. “I talked to Chief Chambers [at Buckskin] and he said if the guy will give them back, they will take them back down where they were and re-secure them.”
Given the instant legend the skeleton story became after extensive media coverage, the Parker area community generally feels that the skeletons belong to the whole community, rather than one individual. Will the person responsible for taking Parker’s ghostly mascots do the right thing?
For the original Bernie The Skeleton articles, CLICK HERE.