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Morning stroll unearths dolls

Update 3:15 p.m.

The mystery of the abandoned dolls found this weekend in Reiswig Regional Park has become less mysterious.

A female caller to Castanet says she held a garage sale and sold the dolls to a group of UBCO students last month.

The caller says the students told her they were planning on pranking one of their friends, and she believes the doll discovery is their way of getting a public reaction.

The dolls came into the caller’s possession from a neighbour who was part of the Red Hat Society.

UPDATE 12:17 P.M. 

Bruce Smith with the Regional District of the Central Okanagan says it was definitely an unusual find when parks staff discovered the dolls during a routine patrol Sunday morning. 

"It is certainly not a normal occurrence in any of our parks and we definitely don't encourage people to do that, but since it happened, our parks people just dealt with it.”

He laughs that park staff around the office have no idea why the dolls were left, but it was an entertaining clean-up nonetheless.

“Who knows what the reasons or the meaning behind it is, only those responsible would know that, we don't,” laughed Smith.

As for the fate of the matching dolls. “They probably ended up in the trash. We certainly didn't distribute them to staff or anything,” he joked.  

Smith adds that the dolls were found in Reiswig Regional Park, adjacent to the previously reported Beasley Park, so the RDCO was in charge of clean-up. 


A Sunday morning walk along Wood Lake turned up an unexpected scene that could have been out of a horror movie.

Area resident, Bill, was walking along the lake when he discovered 150 dolls, with matching hats, coats and red boots, standing in the sand at Beasley Park.

“I found a crazy scene at the park. I was almost out of breath a little bit,” laughs Bill. “As a watcher of horror/scary movies you see something like that and you think whoa, and step back a bit and look for a sacrificial goat in the tree.”

There appears to be no rhyme or reason why the dolls were left. Bill says the area is frequented by late night partiers, but he has never seen anything like that.

“I wouldn't take it too seriously I think it was just some people having fun trying to freak people out.”

Bill says park staff came by and saved the damsels in distress and dolled up the beach.

Do you know anything about these dolls or why they were left there? Email [email protected]t.


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