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The mystery of porcelain dolls being left on the doorsteps of several California families has been solved, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Families in the Talega community in San Clemente began reporting the somewhat creepy incidents to authorities last week.

The sheriff's department said Thursday in a statement that they had met with families to "determine similarities."

The department said investigators began pursuing a woman who goes to church with the families that received dolls.

The woman admitted to placing the porcelain dolls at the homes.

"Her motivation was out of goodwill," the statement said. "It was a kind gesture."

The police said they will not investigate the case any further.

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