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Mystery hair investigation near Bethany Beach: Photos released

July 14, 2011 - 12:22 PM
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Delaware police have issued handouts showing the fashion accessories that a fisherman recently reeled in, along with a nasty-smelling clump of hair, near Bethany Beach.

This was what you were swimming with if you visited Bethany Beach last week. A handout photo provided by the Delaware State Police shows items that a fisherman near Fenwick Island, Del. found along with a small quantity of foul-smelling hair earlier this month. Delaware State Police investigators have turned the items over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for additional analysis. (AP Photo/Delaware State Police)

Just in time for a new Delmarva beach-weather forecast comes this development in the case off the Hair from the Deep.

Earlier, I had written about a fisherman who made the completely unmountable catch of a "palm-size quantity" of foul-smelling hair and fashion accessories while trolling the surf around Delaware's Fenwick Island, an easy beach-bike ride from Bethany Beach. Police have now released photos of those accessories, including hair bands and a shark-tooth necklace, in the hope that someone will know who they belong to.

There have been no updates on whether the hair is definitively human and, if so, what part of the body it comes from. Apparently forensic scientists can derive that latter bit of information by slicing the hair and examining the crosscut shape: scalp hair is more or less round, curved hair is oval and beard strands are triangular.

Another photo of the briny items follows the jump. Anybody who thinks they know whose hair this is should call Delaware police at  302-856-5850, ext. 230, or contact Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or tipsubmit.com.

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