- Someone mysteriously left two dolls inside Michigan resident Don Powell’s mailbox.
- Powell told local news that the dolls, named Mary and Shelley, were left inside with a note last summer.
- “I’m kind of enjoying the mystery,” he told USA Today.
A Michigan man was puzzled after he received two random dolls inside his mailbox at his home last summer, and he is still searching for clues to know who put them there.
The two wooden mini-dolls, named Mary and Shelley, were placed in 72-year-old Don Powell’s mailbox accompanied by tiny furniture and a message that read: “We’ve decided to live here,” USA Today reported. (The story was first reported by Hometownlife.com, which is part of the USA TODAY Network.)
Power told the outlet that he chalked it up to be a joke until he learned that his neighbors didn’t get the same message.
“I went around to the other homes on the cul-de-sac to see if anyone else had gotten dolls in their mailbox,” Powell told the outlet. “No one had. There’s a neighbor across the street named Shelly; I knocked on her door and asked if she had done it, but she said no.”
Powell was going to dump the dolls but decided to let them stay in his custom white mailbox that was built to look similar to his Orchard Lake, Michigan home, per the outlet.
A photo of it obtained by USA Today shows that it has windows on it which allow natural light inside the box.
According to the outlet, over time more furniture started to appear inside the mailbox for the doll including a rug, art, and a bed.
He said during holidays like Halloween, someone swapped the original dolls for two mini Skeletons, but Shelley and Mary were back by the time Christmas rolled around with gifts by their side.
Powell decided to post on the online neighborhood forum Nextdoor to get to the bottom of the situation, but nobody admitted to doing it, USA Today reported. Although, his fellow neighbors were intrigued by the mystery.
Per the report, Powell said he received another note that explained where Mary and Shelley were previously held — described as a two-story doll house.
Powell said although the dolls have found a home inside his mailbox, it doesn’t disrupt his mailman from delivering his letters, USA Today reported.
“I’m kind of enjoying the mystery,” he told the outlet. “I look forward to new things being added to the mailbox.”