Earl Melchert was a 65-year-old farmer and factory manager from Western Minnesota. He was on his way to work when he realized that he’d forgotten his diesel can. And if Melchert wanted to mow the grass that evening, then he would need to fill it.
So he drove back home to pick the can up. And it was then that he noticed a curious figure half-a-mile away in one of his fields. “I thought at first it was a deer,” he subsequently told The New York Times. The figure was not a deer, however – it was a person of significant interest.