SAN CLEMENTE (CBSLA.com) — Deputies are investigating the appearance of 10 porcelain dolls that have been placed on the front porches of several families in the Talega area, officials said.
According to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, about eight families have noticed these dolls over the last week and are concerned due to the close resemblance the dolls have with their 10-year-old daughters.
Officials said they are not sure if this is a prank or something more sinister, but they are addressing the underlying fear that there may be a motive against children in the area.
"People are saying the dolls slightly resemble their daughters, which is creepy," said Lt. Jeff Hallock. "There doesn't appear to be an obvious pattern to who has been targeted either."
Deputies don't have a specific crime that they are pursuing, but are treating it like there is one at hand.
Talega is a housing community located in the east end of San Clemente, where parents report that some of the girls are connected through school or activities they participate in, authorities said.
Officials said the most recent doll was reported a few days ago.