Police have revealed the victim of a “senseless death” was behind a sudden power cut in New Jersey: an unfortunate fish.
A week after homes across a large area of Lower Sayreville lost electricity, repair workers found the deceased on a transformer and pinpointed it as the cause.
“We are guessing a bird dropped it as it flew over,” police said on Facebook.
Making light of the victim’s fate, they called him “a hard-working family man” and a “father to thousands”.
Officers did, however, resist a “sleeping with the fishes” gag.
The suspect, they said, “was last seen flying south” and “may still be very dangerous”.
Chris Hoenig, a spokesperson for electricity provider Jersey Central Power and Light Company, said an osprey, a common bird in the area, could have been responsible.
He told CNN the winged killers themselves were a common cause of power outages, as they often make nests on power lines and other equipment.
Mr Hoenig thanked customers for their patience during the outage.