FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers made a gruesome discovery Monday: 26 headless chickens at a North Pole coop.
The fly-infested carcasses were arranged in a 12- to 15-foot-long line pattern that ended in a circle, Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said. There was no sign of the missing heads.
Three chickens were left unharmed, and there was no damage done to the coop.
"We have no idea what the thought process was," Peters said.
Investigators disposed of the chickens after photographing the scene. The birds were unsuitable for eating.
Troopers have not released the names of the homeowners because they do not know if the killings were intended as a threat. Those responsible could be charged with felony criminal mischief.
"This is the first time we've heard of something like this," Peters said. "We won't know what they were doing until we find someone we can talk to."