A New Jersey man is hoping to find answers about why a pile of ripped women’s clothing was left stashed in the woods near his property.
Dave Carota posted images of the “creepy” discovery near his house to his Facebook account Monday after finding a pair of ripped women’s jeans, torn bra and T-shirt cut in half “clumped up” in a pile in a wooded area behind the garage of his New Jersey home. The clothes were found about 500 feet away from Route 208, a state highway that runs from the northern part of the state.
“My neighbors are unsettled,” Carota wrote. “My family is unsettled.”
He called the discovery “very out of the ordinary” and said he decided to take the issue to social media in case the clothes, which had no identification, were linked to some form of criminal activity.
“God forbid it is as sinister as it appears to be….we would want someone doing the same it were one of our loved ones or our daughter who once wore the clothes,” he said.
Carota said some have speculated the clothes may have been cut off by paramedics working on a trauma victim, but he said the condition of the pieces seemed “bizarre” to him.
“Every single article was clothing had been cut in a way to suggest it was cut off whoever was wearing it,” he told NJ.com.
Law enforcement officials have also become involved in the mystery. A Fair Lawn detective took the clothes into evidence in case they are later linked with any criminal case.
“It was unanimously agreed that the location of them, and the condition of all the pieces in a spot like that….is suspicious,” Carota wrote.
Sgt. Brian Metzler of the Fair Lawn Police Department, told the New York Post Wednesday that the department had received several calls from out-of-state missing persons cases since the discovery was announced, including cases in Ohio, South Carolina and Connecticut.
He said the department is unable to test the clothes for DNA evidence under state police policy until it has been linked to a specific crime.
Anyone with who recognizes the clothes is encouraged to contact Fair Lawn Police at 201-796-1400.
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