Mermaid out of water? Cops struggling to ID woman with webbed toes found wandering wet and naked in California

‘Splash’ sequel? The ‘mermaid’ says her name is Joanna

Authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying a proclaimed mermaid found wandering the streets of Fresno, California, early Tuesday morning.

Police said the mystery woman was soaking wet, mostly naked, and didn’t know who she was. The Fresno Bee reported that she was walking in the middle of the street a half-mile away from a local casino at around 3:15 am.

“She was wet, she said she had been in the lake, said she needed help and needed to be taken to the hospital,” Fresno Police Lt. Mark Hudson said, according to KSEE.

The woman didn’t provide much information about her identity, reportedly responding “I don’t know” to most of the cops’ questions.

The woman, who claimed she was a mermaid named Joanna, has webbed toes on both feet, according to a police flyer.

The flyer also said the woman was about 150 pounds, 5 feet 4, and had brown eyes and brown hair. She is between the ages of 16 and 30 and White or Hispanic.

“We did go through records after fingerprinting her and we still did not come up with her identity,” Lt. Hudson claimed.

Several locals said on social media that she frequents a Fresno Starbucks.

“She is a nice, quiet, polite girl that comes to Starbucks every once in awhile,” one Facebook user wrote, according to CBS News. “I’ve forwarded transaction info from the last time we saw her to FPD (Fresno Police Department).”

Anyone with information about the unidentified woman is encouraged to call Fresno police at (559) 621-2455 or email Detective Paul Hill at

[Featured Image: Fresno Police Department]