California police officers are trying to identify a woman with webbed feet who claims she is a mermaid.
The woman was found wandering in the middle of a road near Table Mountain Casino north of Fresno around 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday. A motorist found her walking and concerned for her safety, reported her to local law enforcers. The woman was then brought to a local hospital for evaluation.
Mysterious Woman Claims She Is A Mermaid
Members of the Fresno Police department said that she was found with her hair wet . She was also nearly naked wearing only a black sports bra. The mysterious woman also said that she had been in the water. Police pointed out that the woman, who told the police her name is Joanna, claimed to be a mermaid. Interestingly, she has webbed toes on her feet.
The agency said that she often answered "I don't know" to most of the questions asked to her. She did not also know how she ended up at the place where she was found.
Joanna neither had a driver's license or any identification card with her. The police did went through records but even after getting her fingerprints, they were not able to come up with her identity.
"She was wet, she said she had been in the lake, said she needed help and needed to be taken to the hospital," said Fresno Police Lieutenant Mark Hudson. "We did go through records after fingerprinting her and we still did not come up with her identity."
The police department has asked the public to help identify the woman who appears to be between 16 and 30 years old. She weighs 150 pounds, stands 5-feet-4 inches tall, and has brown eyes and brown hair.
The Fresno police has since turned over the case to the Fresno County Sheriff's Office because that woman was found in the county. Tony Botti of the Sheriff's Office, said that investigators received a tip on Wednesday and contacted a relative who lives outside the county.
"The Fresno County Sheriff's Office has determined a possible identification of a woman found on April 4, 2017," the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said. "Fresno Police officers have briefed our detectives of their findings up to this point. We have since learned of a possible name and where she lives."
The woman's identify, however, was not disclosed and the public is still urged to call the Sheriff's Office at 559-600-3111 for information.
Are Mermaids Real?
"Are mermaids real? No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found. Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of nearly all seafaring peoples? That's a question best left to historians, philosophers, and anthropologists," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.
NOAA, which was featured in a 2012 TV special "Mermaids: The Body Found," has received many inquiries about the creatures after the airing of the film.