Dummy wearing Obama mask reportedly found hanging from Missouri overpass

A dummy wearing a mask of President Obama was was found hanging from a bridge overpass on an interstate highway in Missouri Monday morning, according to local reports.

The dummy was spotted on Interstate 70 near the city of Oak Grove, which is about 30 minutes east of Kansas City. The Kansas City Star reported that the authorities shut down a part of the highway for several minutes while the Jackson County Sheriff’s office removed the dummy. A spokesperson for the department did not immediately respond to a voicemail and e-mail from Post Politics seeking comment.

The Associated Press reported that no explosives were found on the dummy. Authorities are investigating who put it on the overpass.

Oak Grove is about an hour west of Sedalia, where last year a rodeo clown wearing an Obama mask was taunted as part of an act that stoked national controversy.

A movement originally called "Overpasses For Obama’s Impeachment" started getting some attention last year as it organized events on highway overpasses in protest against the president. There was no immediate evidence the Missouri incident was connected to the movement.

"Overpasses For America, formerly Overpasses For Obama's Impeachment does not condone nor conduct any activity of this sort, and we should not be associated with this," said the movement's founder, James Neighbors, in an email. He added that, "if one of our members were proven to have performed this act, they would no longer be counted in our membership."

Updated at 7:30 p.m. 

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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