It wasn't a finger on a N.J. deck

August 7, 2009 4:45:54 AM PDT
Authorities say a human finger wasn't dropped on a deck at the Jersey shore after all.

A forensic anthropologist has determined the object, which resembled a decaying finger with an acrylic french-manicured nail, is neither human nor animal.

Brielle police were called July 30 after a homeowner made the discovery. Officials suspected it may have been dropped by a bird.

The Monmouth County medical examiner could not verify whether the object was a human finger.

State Police Sgt. Stephen Jones says a forensic anthropologist X-rayed it and determined it was made of an unidentified substance.

Information from: Asbury Park Press,