A mysterious hooded figure is reportedly lurking around a small town and dropping raw meat in playgrounds.
Photographs of a person in a dark cloak appeared online emerged earlier this month, jangling the nerves of residents in the North Carolina town.
In the pictures, a pale figure is seen standing by trees outside an apartment building.
It’s unclear if the lurker is a man or a woman.
The Gaston Gazette reports that some people have also seen the person dropping raw meat near a playground and other homes – prompting worries that the bizarre goings on could be part of an occult ritual.
However, police haven’t yet connected the parcels of meat with the sinister-looking cloak-wearer.
“We don’t know if this is some bogus prank somebody is playing,” a spokesperson for the police department told a Gazette reporter.
Flustered residents have been left puzzled by the creepy goings-on near Hudson Woods, with many demanding answers.
“I see why it could be easy to make a joke out of it, but this is serious. We live in a world today where you don’t know what’s going on and you don’t know people,” Brooke Conard wrote on Facebook.