A woman's dead body has been left hanging lifeless on a high chain linked fence after neighbors mistook it for a Halloween decoration.
The body of 31-year-old victim Rebecca Cade dangled for hours in Chillicothe, Ohio, before construction workers realised it wasn't a prank and called police.
Cade, described as a "life-long member of the community", was thought to have got caught on the fence as she attempted to flee from her attacker.
Investigators said she was beaten badly and her face was unrecognisable after the tragic attack.
One neighbour, Tammy Dixon, saw the body and said: "I just put my hands over my face. I thought 'This can't be happening here, it's not real, and I just didn't see what I thought I saw.'"
Police made an arrest in connection to the killing earlier this week, charging 27-year-old Donnie Cochenour Jr with one count of murder. Investigators said he admitted to the killing.
The murder weapon is believed to be a rock about the size of a grapefruit, which was found near the crime scene.
A friend of the victim, Tabitha Long said Cade had learning disabilities and was an easy target: "She was very gullible, very easily misled, as long as she thought you were her friend she would do just about anything for you."