Authorities in south Orange County said they are investigating a disturbing pattern in which porcelain dolls have been left at the homes where young girls live.
Residents said some of the dolls may have been crafted to resemble the girls who lived in each home, Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock told KTLA.
"It's peculiar, strange and weird and all that stuff," Hallock told City News Service. "People are saying the dolls slightly resemble their daughters, which is creepy."
The dolls were found on the doorsteps of at least eight homes in the upscale Talega community in San Clemente, the sheriff's department said in a tweet. Some of the girls, all about 10 years old, attend the same elementary school, Hallock said.