Nolan Calvin, a fisherman in Bonner County, Idaho, caught the fish on September 11. When he was cleaning it he found something very curious indeed hiding inside it. He discovered a human finger and immediately called the police.
The police were able to make out the fingerprint on the finger and matched it to Hans Galassi, a 31-year-old wakeboarder.
Galassi was on the same lake in June, and was involved in an accident, where he lost four of his fingers.
The wakeboarder explained:”The sheriff called me and told me he had a strange story to tell me,” reported The Telegraph, “He said that a fisherman was out on Priest Lake, and I pretty much knew exactly what he was going to say at that point.”
“I was like: Let me guess, they found my fingers in a fish.”
On a camping trip, eight-miles away from where the fish was caught, Galassi was wakeboarding when his hand was trapped by a loop in the rope, which tightened and removed his fingers.
“I pulled my hand out of the water and it had pretty much lopped off all four fingers,” he commented after the finger was found. “It was a lot of flesh and bone, not a lot of blood.”
It’s unknown how long the finger had been inside the fish, but it was in very good condition considering it had been missing for over two months.
Gary Johnston a local detective explained to the Spokesman-Review:
“You fall asleep in your bathtub or hot tub, you come out and your fingers are all puckered up and prune-like. And it wasn’t like that.”
The sheriff office asked Galassi if he wanted his finger back. He declined.