We couldn’t make this stuff up. After reports from worried locals, 300 police officers were sent to the top of Fenghuang Mountain in the middle of the night to catch a “ghost” and ended up finding a student who had been missing for over a year.
Recently in Wuhan, frightened locals reported “strange singing” and “flashes of light” coming from the top of Fenghuang Mountain beginning every night around 11pm. Local residents kept bothering the police with stories of devils doing magic, secret ghost ceremonies, and other rumors that became so rampant police eventually had to step in.
The police took no precautions, arranging a 300-strong “Ghostbuster Team” that assembled at Fenghuang Mountain around 11pm. As the group ascended the mountain, they too began to hear strange singing and saw flashes of light coming from the top. As they approached the summit, they encountered the source of the singing and lights, a run-down temple (nice, right?).
Police surrounded the temple, and burst in simultaneously with their flashlights drawn and ready for some ghost hunting. What they found, however, was a rather confused, odorous, and bedraggled man humming a tune around a campfire.
The man turned out be to be a person of interest after all, as he had been sought by the police for over a year after disappearing in Wuhan.
The man had originally come to Wuhan to study, and while studying found an internship at a company. However, while working at the company, miscommunications caused him to become ostracized from the group, and the man was so ashamed at his failure he refused to return home for fear of losing face.
Instead, he secluded himself in the run-down temple at the peak of Fenghuang Mountain – going down during the day to collect scraps of food to survive on, and humming and warming himself by the campfire at night.