(USA TODAY) - The mystery of porcelain dolls being left on the doorsteps of eight California families has been solved, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Families in the Talega community in San Clemente began reporting the somewhat creepy incidents to authorities on July 16.
The sheriff's department said Thursday in a statement that they had met with families to "determine similarities."
The department said investigators began pursuing a woman who goes to church with the families that received dolls.
The woman admitted to authorities Thursday evening that she placed the porcelain dolls at the homes.
"Her motivation was out of goodwill," the statement said. "It was a kind gesture."
Lt. Jeff Hallock, a spokesman with the sheriff's department, said the woman who left the dolls intended to give them to families with daughters because her own daughters were now too old for them.
"She was obviously very embarrassed," Hallock said. "She didn't intend it to go this way."
He added the woman did say she chose the dolls specifically to match the girls in the families, which confirmed the parents' initial suspicions.
"Because of the underlying fear that was there throughout the day about the motivation, they obviously had a huge sense of relief that it was somebody that was trying to express kindness," Hallock said.
The department said they will not investigate the case any further.