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Bigfoot News out of Georgia was a hoax !

Last Edited: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008, 3:15 PM EDT
From MyFoxNational Report Fox 8

Photo Caption: Bigfoot hunter Tom Biscardi holds a photo of what he believed to be the mouth and teeth of a deceased bigfoot or sasquatch creature during a news conference Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

No surprise: The hoopla over Bigfoot was a hoax.

After last week's press conference in which two men explained the story of how they found what they said was Bigfoot, an independent investigator now says it was all a lie. Now the two men are nowhere to be found and are being investigated for fraud.

Steve Kulls, Executive Director of, revealed the story on According to Kulls, Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer contacted Searching For Bigfoot CEO Tom Biscardi shortly after they said they found the creature in the woods in northern Georgia. On Aug. 2, DNA samples, allegedly from the corpse, were provided to Biscardi who sent it to labs for testing. The samples came back inconsistent with human or ape DNA

On or around Aug. 14, Biscardi paid an "undisclosed amount" to Whitton and Dyer in exchange for the body and marketing and promotions rights. Kulls notes that the two men told Biscardi they would not release the body to them until after the press conference was over.

On Aug. 16, the freezer with the body was turned over to Biscardi and his Searching For Bigfoot team. Kulls began thawing the body and performing the examination, and that's when everything began to crumble.

"We burned [a hair sample] and [it] melted into a ball uncharacteristic of hair," Kulls said in his statement.

Then he examined the rest of the body. "I was able to feel that [the head] seemed mostly firm, but unusually hollow in one small section. This was yet another ominous sign."

And the kicker?

"Within the next hour of thaw, a break appeared up near the feet area. As the team and I began examining this area near the feet, I observed the foot which looked unnatural, reached in and confirmed it was a rubber foot."

After finding out they were the victims of a hoax, Biscardi and his team contacted Whitton and Dyer who allegedly admitted it was a costume. They agreed to sign a promissory note and meet at the hotel where they were staying. But when Biscardi's team showed up, they were gone.

"At this time action is being instigated against the perpetrators of this fraud," Kulls wrote on "On behalf of myself I can say with certainty Matthew Whitton and Ricky Dyer [are] not the best Bigfoot trackers in the world!"

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