The Bigfoot press conference held today in Palo Alto, CA, has failed to convince skeptics that the Bigfoot corpse shown in photos released by bigfoottracker.com, is little more than a 500 pound Bigfoot hoax.
The press conference, held by self-proclaimed bigfoot expert Tom Biscardi, promised to provide DNA evidence that the Bigfoot body two hikers from northern Georgia found was the real deal.
Of three samples in a preliminary DNA test, one came back inconclusive, one contained traces of human DNA and one had traces of opossum DNA — probably from something the creature ate, they said.
My guess is the opossum DNA came from the entrails lying on top of the corpse. Experts who have analyzed the photos say the creature’s guts lying on top appear to be staged and are likely the insides of another animal (a opossum perhaps?).
Matthew Witton and Rick Dyer, the two men who claim to have bigfoot’s body stuffed in a freezer, have told three different versions of how they stumbled upon the creature.
In one, the animal was shot by a former felon, and the men followed it into the woods. In a second version, they found a “family of Bigfoot” in North Georgia mountains. In the third, the two were hiking and stumbled upon the corpse with open wounds.
Although the two men say they aren’t sure how they will profit from their discovery, they have been talking about starting a Bigfoot expedition tour. Ironically, the reason given at the press conference for not disclosing the exact location of their find was “to protect the creatures.”
The group says the body is being held in an “undisclosed location” awaiting an autopsy.
Biscardi, founder of the Great American Bigfoot Research Organization, perpetuated another Bigfoot hoax in 2005 when he claimed his group captured an 8-foot-tall Bigfoot. That claim was quickly disputed.
Biscardi’s operations include a Bigfoot web site, a Bigfoot merchandise line and a Bigfoot internet radio show.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Reserve officers are not taking the claim seriously and will not investigate Bigfoot because it is not a federal priority.
“It’s not on endangered species on any list that we’ve got,” spokesman Tom Mackenzie said.
View video of the Bigfoot press conference below.