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Marist crew team finds giant 'head' floating in Hudson River

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It was pulled from the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie. It measured seven feet. And that was just its head. Our Christian Farrell has more what's become known as the Marist College Mystery.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Marist College crew team member Evan Heaton said, "You could see kind of the general shape from the distance."

Like salty old fishermen at sea, members of the Marist College crew team having been telling stories all week long of their "big catch" in the Hudson River. A discovery no one in these parts ever recalls having been made before.

Crew member Daniel Nesfeder said, "Someone eventually pointed out once we got closer to it that it was a head."

Not the head of a person, fortunately. Nor was it the head of some river inhabitant. This was the head of something much, much larger.

Crew coach Matt Lavin said, "It's actually pretty heavy. Ten or 12 guys had to carry it. It's pretty water-logged."

Measuring about seven feet tall, composed of some combination of fiberglass and Styrofoam, the giant head now resides outside of the crew team boat house.

Coach Matt Lavin says where it came from, and who it belongs to remains a mystery.

Lavin said, "I kind of think it was part of a theater, a stage prop for a play or something or something like that."

Heaton said, "My first thought was, where is the rest of the body? I'm still hoping to find the rest of the body, but we haven't found it yet."

Now that it's out of the water, the head has become sort of a campus attraction. Curious students pose for pictures with it, and the team has more or less adopted it.

Nesfeder said, "We named it Nagatomo after the soccer player who plays in Europe."

Lavin said, "At this point we don't really have much in the way of plans. I know we have a good number of art majors on the team who want to fix it up."

A nose job might be the first order of business.

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