OLD BRIDGE, New Jersey (WABC) -- The mystery surrounding the trail of pasta that wound up in Old Bridge has finally been solved.
Officials announced that no charges will be filed against the man responsible for dumping over 500 pounds of pasta in the woods earlier this month.
Community advocates say the unidentified man has a history of mental illness.
Residents of Old Bridge were startled when more than 500 pounds of macaroni, spaghetti, and ziti were strewn all along the stream of Veteran Park.
Police believe the giant piles of uncooked pasta, which stretched more than 25 feet in the wooded area, were removed from the packaging and then dumped along the creek.
Officers say they were initially unaware of the incident because there were no calls or reports from any residents, except via a post on Facebook.
Once a report was generated, two public works employees arrived to clean the area.
Authorities say they were able to dispose all of the pasta in under an hour.