Pillar of stone

A body has been discovered inside a hollow stone pillar outside a food shop in Lancaster, California.

The shop manager asked for a plumber to come and investigate a stink emanating from the pillar – and after he removed a few stones he found a tennis shoe and a leg.

Police think the corpse belonged to a man who had been chased on suspicion of stealing a car, who disappeared from the shop’s roof – the pillars can be reached from the roof.

A police oficer said: “It’s been over 100 degrees up here every day. I can’t imagine being inside that column and just baking…I wonder if he was trying to get anybody’s attention and nobody would know. Nobody would know where it’s coming from, the voice, you know, if that’s the case because I’m hoping it was instant if that was what happened.”

Picture source: Andrea Palladio