This head was found next to the Stone Mountain Trail in Scottdale.
Photo: Courtesy of Doug Moore
Photo: Courtesy of Doug Moore

This ceramic head was found near a bike path. How did it get there?

A man’s head was recently found next to a well-known bike trail in DeKalb County, alarming residents who are puzzled by the surprising discovery. 

It’s not as gruesome as it sounds. The head is ceramic — similar to a bust of an ancient Roman figure.

Doug Moore found it in a vacant lot across the street from his house in Scottdale, next to the Stone Mountain Trail. He took the head two weekends ago and posted on Craigslist about it.

“Found this on the bike path next to the house we rent. Seems there's a body that must go with it,” Moore wrote. “If you know where the rest of it is I'd like to return it to its home.”

The head appeared in the lot, which is overrun with vegetation, two to three weeks ago — about a week before Moore grabbed it, he said.

“It looked like it was a rubber mask or something at a glance,” he said. But when he went to remove it, “I realized it was really heavy.”


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It weighs 10 to 20 pounds and is hollow inside, Moore said. He thinks it was broken off from a full-body sculpture.

“It seems like something that would be in somebody’s yard or something nice,” he said. “I was hoping that I could figure out where it came from.”

But who is it, exactly? Moore isn’t quite sure.

“It doesn't look like anyone recognizable to me.”

Moore hopes someone will reach out to him with information about where it came from, so he can return it to the person — and body — it belongs to.

For now, it’s just sitting on a stump in his backyard.

“There is kind of a creepy component to it,” Moore said.

If you have information about the head, you can get in touch with Moore through his Craiglist post.

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Two people inside the home were able to make it out OK.

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