MARTINS FERRY - There was something fishy going on in the Purple City Tuesday morning, and it wasn't your ordinary fish fry.
City police are investigating a case in which John DeVaul, of 815 Grant St., awoke to find approximately 14 bass and bluegill on the hood of his white Pontiac Grand Am.
"I have no idea where they came from," said DeVaul. "I came out this morning and there they were."
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APPROXIMATELY 14 bass and bluegill were left on the hood of a car on Grant Street in Martins Ferry sometime late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.
Police were called to the residence at 8:15 a.m. after the resident found the fish and reported the incident.
"I've never seen anything like this in my time as an officer," Tom Siburt said at the scene.
DeVaul told officers that he thinks someone is playing a practical joke on his son.
"That's the way we are treating it right now," a dispatcher at the police station said.
According to Google, a dead fish on someone's doorstep usually meant that someone was going to "sleep with the fishes," or in other words, would be killed and, usually after that, the body was dumped in some type of body of water.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the police at 633-2121.
North can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org