A Web site that claimed two Georgia men had found Bigfoot says the men’s claim is a fraud. SearchingForBigfoot.com has confirmed that the two Georgia men who claimed they found Bigfoot were lying.The Web site said that Matthew Whitton and Ricky Dyer delivered the freezer containing the reported remains of the Bigfoot the day after the press conference that they called for. It also said that Whitton and Dyer were given an undisclosed amount of money from Searching For Bigfoot before they went public with their find.As soon as he learned it was a hoax, Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner moved to have Whitton fired.
“On August 15th, 2008, Tom Biscardi, Ricky Dyer and Matthew Whitton held a press conference at the Cabana Hotel in Paolo Alto, California, announcing that the corpse of a creature fitting the description known as ‘Bigfoot’ had been discovered. A police officer of seven years, on medical leave, labeled as a hero for being wounded in the line of duty, got up in front of the world and told the world of how he and Ricky Dyer uncovered this creature. This has since been proven a lie. It is notable that Rick Dyer insisted on this press conference and told Tom Biscardi he would not release the ‘body’ unless the conference was held on this specific date,” said Executive Director of Squatchdetective.com Steve Kulls on SearchingForBigfoot.com. After the Searching For Bigfoot team and “The Real Bigfoot Hunter” Tom Biscardi began to thaw out the creature in a 1,500 lb. cooler of ice, they discovered it was a rubber suit. Biscardi contacted Whitton and Dyer and they agreed to admit the truth to the public. When Biscardi arrived at their hotel, the pair had vanished.Searching For Bigfoot believes that their motive was financial.”It is still unclear why Whitton who, being a police officer for the Clayton County Police Department in Georgia got up before the world and lied and was complicit in a scheme to defraud in a felonious manner” said Kulls. CBS 46 News tried to contact Whitton or Dyer on the Bigfoot Tracker Tip Line and left a message, but neither has returned our calls. – cbs46
Strangest “Crooked Cop” story ever. I read that they had showed some close up photos of the mouth to convince people it was not a costume, and it worked. The photo seems to have teeth and a tongue.
One extremely weird possibility is that “Bigfoot” is a space suit for aliens visiting our planet. Perhaps officer Matt Whitton almost stumbled onto that secret and had to be discredited? That almost seems more plausible to me than a police officer and a former corrections officer saying what they did about a frozen rubber costume.
“They don’t have a choice to believe us. We have a body,” Dyer said. – cbs13
A friend and I once dressed up in suits and made a bigfoot video. From the start we let people know it was a hoax, just for fun to see what it looked like on film. So, I know what a $500 ape suit looks like up close.
Let’s look at those teeth a bit closer…
Wow. Look at the hairs around the mouth. Looks real.
Matt Whitton, an officer who has been on medical leave from the Clayton County Police Department, and Rick Dyer, a former Georgia corrections officer, announced the find in early July on YouTube videos and a Web site. “Everyone who has talked down to us is going to eat their words,” Whitton said at the time. – cm
Where are they now? Are they being held for debriefing by the Men in Black? … Or did they just skip town with the loot after a really weird career ending scam?
Here is a comparison. The costume is on the left and right.
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Reportedly, there are warrants out for the arrest of Ric Dyer and Matt Whitton. Felony fraud charges.
Here is a video showing the thawed costume.
Does this still from the video showing the costume match the close up of the teeth first shown?
Something is weird. If I trust my own eyes, I am not convinced that this costume we are seeing now is the same thing in the first pictures. The first one gives me a sense of being a real wild animal, scary as hell, but the second one looks like a costume, somewhat comical. The hair pattern looks different and so do the teeth and nose. The head is now in a different position. I’d like to see more of this costume in the original position. I want a close up of the teeth of this costume too, to compare to the original teeth photo.