This video seen more than 10 million times in under 24 hours shows a car being excavated from under a building site and builders thought it had a corpse inside.
Viral social media footage taken in the city of Huizhou in South China’s Guangdong Province set tongues wagging, but the cops say its owner had parked it there and forgot about it three years ago.
The video taken on 25th March shows an excavator digging deep into the earth at the worksite and revealing the saloon car which had been lost dozens of feet underground.
Builders and social media users believed the car may even have contained a corpse when a pile of mud appeared to bounce and wobble, as if containing flesh and bone.
However, local police quickly rubbished the rumours, saying members of the public had definitely not encountered a years-old murder mystery, and that there was no body inside the car.
Inspectors who visited the worksite yesterday (26th March) said the vehicle was registered to a local resident named Mr Zhang.
Mr Zhang had purchased the car second hand in May 2010 and, when it began to break down, abandoned it on the grounds of a former apiary in June 2017.
Instead of taking the vehicle to a scrapyard or having it towed away, Mr Zhang left it on low-lying ground and forgot about it.
In the past three years, the car slowly became buried under increasing amounts of mud as the ground filled from seasonal rain, the police said.
It was discovered when landowners decided to develop on the site, they added.
Mr Zhang has been contacted and will pay for the vehicle to be removed.
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