Scarecrow shocker: Dismembered remains discovered in Hummingbird Hill Park

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The grisly scene in Hummingbird Hill Park where neighbors discovered the remains of scarecrows Tin Man and Johnny Appleseed on Thursday morning. The two had been missing since Saturday night. (Photos by Dave Buelow)
The grisly scene in Hummingbird Hill Park where neighbors discovered the remains of scarecrows Tin Man and Johnny Appleseed on Thursday morning. The two had been missing since Saturday night. (Photos by Dave Buelow)

On Thursday morning, walkers in Edmonds’ Hummingbird Hill Park came upon the grisly remains of two scarecrows missing since last weekend. Both had been recently entered as contestants in the Edmonds Museum’s annual scarecrow festival.

Johnny Appleseed and the Tin Man were last seen Saturday night at their posts on Walnut Avenue in front of the Emerald Place Condominiums and Walnut Street Coffee. The two vanished without a trace, and have been missing ever since.

“Immediately upon receiving the call we dispatched the Museum CSI team to the scene,” said Scarecrow Festival coordinator Dave Buelow. “They found numerous dismembered body parts scattered on the ground. It was shocking.”

The museum team collected the remains and after a full forensic investigation returned them to the grieving scarecrow builders.

“Edmonds’ annual scarecrow festival is an occasion for joy and community building in our town,” said Buelow. “We are all dismayed at the thoughtlessness of the vandals who perpetrated this heinous act.”

A grieving Sarah, barista at Walnut Street Coffee, holding the bag containing the remains of Johnny Appleseed. "It was so senseless," she said. "They didn't even eat the apples."
A grieving Sarah, barista at Walnut Street Coffee, holding the bag containing the remains of Johnny Appleseed. “It was so senseless,” she said. “They didn’t even eat the apples.”

Meanwhile, the scarecrow builders mourn their loss. “Tin Man didn’t even have time to rust,” said Skip and Mary of Emerald Place Condos. There is no word yet whether either group plans to rebuild.

Despite their untimely demise, Appleseed and Tin Man remain contestants in this year’s festival, albeit posthumously.

— By Larry Vogel

If you want to register your scarecrow for the annual Edmonds Museum festival, you have until Oct. 22 at this link.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for giving this a little levity with humor, but it is sad that somebody would just take what somebody made and destroy it.

  2. It broke my heart. I am either driving by or walking by the walnut coffee or the condo’s and saw them staged proudly on day and gone the next. If we find those houligans we know what we need to do.

  3. Don’t people have anything better to do than destroy someone else’s property? So senseless and I sure hope the culprits get caught. Someone had knocked down or the wind had blown over the one at the business across the street from Next to Nature. I propped it back up against the wall. I felt like I had done my good deed for the day.

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