The Lemon Grove Mummy

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Although I live in La Mesa, I’m just a hop skip and a jump away from Lemon Grove.

After a recent visit to the San Diego Museum of Man, I discovered that Lemon Grove once had more than just lemon groves.

The Lemon Grove Mummy was found there, kind of. Looks like this:

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Looks absolutely nothing like King Tut!

The story of the Lemon Grove Mummy:

It was first discovered in Chihuahua, Mexico, and then “rediscovered” in Lemon Grove. The two men who discovered the mummy in 1966 brought it back to Lemon Grove and put it in storage in a friend’s garage. Before they could decide what to do with it, they were drafted into the Vietnam War. Everyone forgot about it.

In 1980, the friend’s mother was cleaning out the garage when she opened an unfamiliar box and discovered a curled up human body in it. After her initial screaming (might have been worthy of a “Friday the Thirteenth” movie), she called the police.

I checked YouTube but the actual 911 call has not been released. I do have a transcript of it, though:

911: This is 911. What is your emergency?

Mom: I found a body.

911: You found a body?

Mom: Yes, a body!

911: And you just found it?

Mom: Yes!

911: Where did you find it?

Mom: In my garage!

911: In your garage?

Mom: Yes, in my garage!

911: And you found it?

Mom: Yes, I told you! I found it in my garage!

911: Did you know it was there?

Mom: No, I said I found it!

911: But it was in your garage?

Mom: Yes, in my garage!

911: So you didn’t know it was in your garage?

Mom: No!

911: Is it male or female?

Mom: I don’t know.

911: You don’t know if the body is male or female?

Mom: No, I don’t.

911: Describe the body.

Mom: It looks like it’s about a thousand years old.

911: And it’s in your garage?

Mom: Yes! I found it in my garage!

911: When was the last time you were in your garage before finding the body?

Mom: Yesterday.

911: You were in your garage yesterday?

Mom: Yes. Yesterday.

911: You said the body looks like it’s a thousand years old?

Mom: Yes.

911: But you were in your garage yesterday?

Mom: Yes.

911: Why didn’t you see this thousand-year-old body yesterday when you were in your garage?

Mom: It was in a box.

911: Who put it in the box?

Mom: I don’t know! I found it today!

911: So you found a thousand-year-old body today in your garage in a box and you don’t know anything about it?

Mom: No, I don’t.

911: Okay. I’m going to send a sheriff to your home. What’s your address?

Mom: 1234 North Mummy Mountain Road….

The mummy is that of a woman who lived about 800 years ago. It is an example of a natural mummy, a body that is preserved without using any preservation methods. In this case, the body dessicated rapidly in the hot, dry environs of the Chihuahuan Desert, the second largest desert in North America.

Since it was removed illegally from Mexico, it belongs to the Instituto Nacional de Anthropología e Historia in Mexico City and is on loan to the San Diego Museum of Man.

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11 thoughts on “The Lemon Grove Mummy

  1. The WheatandTares

    Ok, so, this 911 transcript just totally cracked me up! That is hilarious. I’m sure this woman was probably petrified (no pun intended)…and from the sounds of it, the 911 operator didn’t quite believe her and wasn’t quite sure how to handle this, but was trying his/her best to keep his composure! Lol! 😂 I’m sure she was glad when the sheriff showed up.😉

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