Bigfoot Encounters

Footprints: Prankster or monster?

By Frank J. Giovinazzi News-Post Staff

Copyright: The Frederick News-Post, Frederick County, Maryland

Tuesday, February 19, 2002

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The footprints are there, deep in the muck on both sides of the creek.

They run for about 300 yards. There are 40 or more of them, said Mike Hilton, 28, of South Mountain. "I was skeptical at first until I seen them," Mr. Hilton said Monday night as he led the way through the darkness into the Waynesboro Reservoir, to investigate the tracks left in the mud.

The footprints — if that's what they are — are about 13 inches long and 6 inches wide. They have a rounded heel like a human's, but spread out into what looks like a set of five dangerous claws.

They are sunk about 4 or 5 inches in the mud, indicating some weight was behind whatever made them. Mr. Hilton said they were discovered by his co-worker Steve Gates a few days ago.

Mr. Hilton won't venture to say what he thinks made the footprints — prankster or monster.

But, he said as he illuminated the tracks with a flashlight, "Tell me that ain't a big foot." Deb Brownley, of Fairfield, Pa., was taking photos under the light. "I'm a wildlife biology major and I've never seen anything like it," said Ms. Brownley. "It's kind of almost looks like an ape's foot — only bigger," Mr. Hilton said. Ms. Brownley was taking pictures of the prints that hadn't been tampered with, as well as those tracks that are filled with plaster. Mr. Gates is making the plaster casts, in order to verify what he found, Mr. Hilton said. "If it was me, I'd make one just to say I saw it," he said. "I never seen anything like it before in my life," Mr. Hilton said.

Mr. Hilton said an investigator of unusual phenomena from the state of Washington has been called in and is expected to arrive within a few days. Both Mr. Gates and Mr. Hilton are employees of Quebecor Printing in Fairfield.

Copyright The Frederick News-Post, Frederick County, Maryland

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