Georgia Men Claim They've Found BigfootAugust 13, 2008
PALO ALTO, California - It could be an elaborate hoax or one of the biggest news stories of the summer.
Three "Bigfoot" seekers, including two Georgia men, Wednesday claimed they have proof that they have found the body of the elusive creature in the wilds of Georgia.
Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, Georgia residents who lead Bigfoot-tracking expeditions, claim they've found a body more than 7-feet tall and weighing over 500 pounds.
On Friday, at a news conference in Palo Alto, they claim they will present DNA evidence to prove the carcass of "Rickmat" is that of a Bigfoot.
Whitton and Dyer said they found the body of what appears to be a Bigfoot in the woods of northern Georgia and will join California Bigfoot researcher Tom Biscardi at the news conference, according to Robert Barrows, who is publicizing the event.
Among the creatures's other physical characteristics of the body, according to the hunters website www.searchingforbigfoot.com, were flat feet similar to human feet. Its footprint is 16 3/4 inches long and the length from palm to tip of the middle finger is 11 1/2 inches long.
"I think you'll find that this is the real deal," Barrows said of the alleged discovery.
Whitton, a police officer in Clayton County, and Dyer, a former correctional officer, are not saying exactly where the body was found or where it is now, Barrows said.
Biscardi, a veteran Bigfoot tracker who said he went to Georgia to view the find over the weekend, said DNA tests are being conducted and a team of scientists will study the body, but declined to name any scientists involved.
Officials from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division said the largest wildlife they are aware of in the state are black bears and white-tail deer.