A man has shared his ‘shock’ after discovering what he believes to be ‘human hair’ poking out of a 100-year-old grave in a California cemetery.
Joel Morrison, 37, came across the morbid discovery during a recent visit to Saint Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Sacramento – where he spotted the clump of ‘hair’ while walking past an old gravestone.
The handyman was walking through the graveyard when he saw the disheveled locks protruding from underneath a grave that was positioned flat on the ground. He began filming the scene and later posted the video to TikTok, where his footage quickly went viral, while sending shivers down the spines of hundreds of viewers.
‘When I first saw it, I was shocked – I wasn’t exactly sure what I was seeing was real,’ Joel said of his discovery.
‘But upon closer inspection I realized that it was definitely human hair coming out of the grave.’
Terrifying: A man claims that he found a clump of human hair poking out from underneath a tombstone while visiting a cemetery in Sacramento, California
Distressing: Joel Morrison, 37, made the morbid discovery during a visit to Saint Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, where he spotted the ‘hair’ while walking past a 100-year-old grave
Baffled and horrified by what he had found, Joel began looking around for an explanation – and soon realized that several of the gravestones in the cemetery appeared to have been dislodged and destroyed by tree roots and animals. He believes that these natural disruptions may have caused the body in this particular grave to shift, bringing it closer to the surface.
‘After coming to terms with what I had seen I then started to feel bad for the deceased family members and worried about the upkeep of the cemetery, feeling kind of like maybe they were being disrespected or desecrated in some way,’ he explained.
Horrified: In a video posted to TikTok, Joel, a handyman, can be heard expressing his shock at seeing the hair
‘Upon further inspection I saw that there were many other graves that were being destroyed by squirrels and other animals and overgrown trees damaging the tombs and graves.’
In his video, Joel films the tombstone in question, before zooming in close on the ‘hair’ that can be seen poking out from under it.
‘I was in the cemetery and I’ve seen something really f***ing gross,’ he says in the clip. ‘There’s the tombstone and there is the person’s hair coming out of the crack in the tombstone.
‘That is f***ing hair. What in the f***.’
Joel’s TikTok viewers were as horrified as he was by the discovery – and were quick to express their upset, while some took the opportunity to make a few cheeky jokes.
One person said: ‘Why am I so creeped out?’
‘Pull on the hair and if it screams – run,’ another user advised, while one said: ‘I just shivered.’
Spotted: He returned to the cemetery for a second time to re-examine the grave, only to find that the hair had seemingly been tucked back under the gravestone
Hidden: Joel believes that the hair may have been moved out of sight by a groundskeeper
Theory: He noted that there were several large tree roots growing towards the gravestone, which he believes may have shifted the body around, moving it closer to the surface
‘OK, no! That’s the scariest thing I’ve ever seen. No way,’ agreed another viewer.
Someone else added: ‘This is craaaazzzy freaky!’ [sic]
Other viewers had theories on what had happened.
One person said: ‘Y’all: this definitely can occur, especially after heavy floods and rain. This can unfortunately bring up the bodies.’
Next up: Joel says he plans to send a sample of the hair to a coroner’s office in order to prove that it is in fact human
‘Seems like they’re buried near a tree. A funeral director once suggested to not be buried near trees as something like this might happen,’ another user revealed.
Someone else offered: ‘Animal probably found the hole and tried to bring it out to make a bed in its nest.’
‘It looks like that grave has been moved, either somebody’s grave robbing or vampires,’ suggested another person.
The clip was viewed more than 1.5 million times, racking up 290,000 likes.
When Joel went back to investigate on another day, he found the grave in a similar state – albeit with the hair apparently pushed back into the crack, which he believes may be the handiwork on the groundskeeper.
‘What looks like happened to me was there was a large tree very close to the tomb/grave and the roots from the tree had grown up into the grave, disrupting the concrete barrier and brick mortar, possibly pushing up the remains,’ he said.
‘Then once the grave was opened squirrels, rodents and whatever other animals were free to go in and out. It looks like maybe they were trying to nest in the human hair.’
Joel now plans to have a sample of the hair taken to the coroner’s office to identify whether or not it is human.