for National Geographic News
Alas, the search for Bigfoot continues.
No evidence has emerged to support claims made last week by two men who said they found the corpse of a seven-foot-tall (two-meter-tall) Bigfoot—an apelike creature of North American legend—in the woods of northern Georgia.
Critics declared the men's story a bold hoax after the pair refused to show the body and following the disclosure that genetic tests from the alleged remains revealed only human and opossum DNA.
Discovery of a Lifetime
Matt Whitton and Rick Dyer spoke to a packed room of reporters last Friday in Palo Alto, California, about their discovery. Joining them on stage was controversial Bigfoot hunter Tom Biscardi.
Whitton told a compelling story of how he and Dyer found the body of the dead Sasquatch—as the creature is also called—next to a stream while hiking in the Georgian woods in early June.
Whitton said he stood guard by the body for nine hours while Dyer went back to get a truck.
When Dyer returned, the pair dragged the hairy 500-pound (230-kilogram) corpse through the woods to the truck—all while being shadowed by three live Sasquatch.
"As we were bringing it out, they were paralleling us," said Whitton, a Georgia police officer on administrative leave.
Whitton said that after reaching their truck, they refrigerated the Bigfoot body and soon after contacted Biscardi.
At the press conference, the self-proclaimed "best Bigfoot hunters in the world" declined repeated requests to display the Sasquatch remains.
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