12' Tall Bigfoot Seen By
Four Workers And Officer
In Maryland
From Kenny Young <>
Special thanks to researcher George Clappison
for informing of the two news items enclosed below.
'Mysterious Creature Spotted In Maryland
From WMAR Channel 2. Baltimore Maryland newscast
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Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2000 08:58:49 -0500
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I found this weird and thought you would be interested. I read the story about the sighting of the 12' foot bigfoot you have at...
In the article you listed 2 sources for this story....
'Mysterious Creature Spotted In Maryland
From WMAR Channel 2. Baltimore Maryland newscast
Tales Of Creature Tall On Interest, Short On Details Animal sighting lures media to Arundel Mills By Laura Barnhardt - Sun Staff SunSpot Online Archives
I went to the WMAR Channel 2 site and they only list news for that day and have no link to older news. I used their search function but it just goes to a blank screen. I chalked this up to bad website design after several tries and moved on to the other story source.
I went to the SunSpot site and searched their headlines but found nothing. I pulled up their search and began searching for the keywords of Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and Creature, but it found nothing. I decided to search for articles by the writer ( Laura Barnhardt ) but found nothing as well. I decided to specify the date of 8-2-00 ( date of the story ) and this is what I saw...
<<sunspot.jpg>> The date for 8-2-00 is missing in the search menu. If I were even slightly leaning towards being a conspiracy theorist, I would jump all over this. I do find it very odd that the two supposedly legitimate news sources ( one being an ABC affiliate ) suddenly do not have one of their news stories up and their websites are disabled in a way to make searches for these stories impossible. Hmmm.....Makes me want to go rent an Oliver Stone film.
HANOVER -- Move over, Pacific Northwest. Maryland now has its own version of the legendary Bigfoot.
Construction workers fled the Arundel Mills mall construction site early Tuesday morning after they reportedly spotted a 12-foot-tall creature that left abnormally large footprints.
The sighting has peaked the interest of state officials, residents and even the television show ``Unsolved Mysteries.''
Three workers say they were sleeping in their van when they were awakened by a towering animal running on two legs, Anne Arundel Police Sgt. Joseph E. Jordan said.
They retreated to a nearby restaurant and called police, who sent an off-duty officer to investigate. Officer Nicholas DiPietro persuaded the workers to return to the site, where they discovered a 15- to 20-inch-long footprint, Jordan said.
But when they caught another glimpse of the creature, the workers again ran away.
DiPietro said he later spotted a large animal on a hill. The officer said he blew an air horn, but the creature sat motionless and silent, glaring at the officer for nearly a minute. It then ambled down the hill and disappeared.
Department of Natural Resources searches have turned up no sign of the creature.
DNR spokeswoman Susan O'Brien said it may have been a bear, which would have been about 5 feet tall and 300 pounds. She said poor lighting and the workers' fear may have made the animal seem larger to them.
The unusually large footprint could have been made by an animal that slipped in the mud, O'Brien said. County Executive Janet S. Owens expressed concern that the sighting may slow the mall's construction. It is scheduled to open November 16.
Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.
Tales Of Creature Tall On Interest, Short On Details Animal sighting lures media to Arundel Mills
By Laura Barnhardt - Sun Staff SunSpot Online Archives 8-2-00
The sighting of a 12-foot-tall, black, mystery creature seen lurking in the dark of night near the Arundel Mills construction site sparked a media frenzy yesterday in the light of day.
The report of the "strange sighting" was checked by police early Monday morning and quickly became a joke about the sighting of an imaginary Loch Ness Monster from the Severn River.
State wildlife officials were called in to search the area yesterday, where the large, unidentified beast that walked upright had scared several construction workers.
The workers said they were awakened just past midnight Monday while napping in a van at the mall site in Hanover.
Yesterday, reporters from television shows questioned police and Department of Natural Resources officials as they gathered in the area.
County workers laughed about the tourism possibilities for the county's sasquatch.
But County Executive Janet S. Owens' spokesman remained serious, expressing Owens' concern that Arundel Mills mall open Nov. 16.
The frightened workers said the "thing" ran past them so fast they weren't sure what it was.
After fleeing to a nearby fast-food restaurant, they called police, who dispatched an off-duty officer working security at the site.
He had trouble persuading the men to return to where they say they first spotted the animal.
Later, when the officer and the workers caught another glimpse of the creature, the workers ran away again.
Hours later, the officer spotted a large animal in the dark with his floodlight , but it was unclear whether it was the same beast spotted earlier by the workers.
DNR sent a regional wildlife biologist to the construction site, but the search for the animal or its prints came up empty, said Susan O'Brien, a department spokeswoman.
"It was most likely the bear spotted on [Route] 295 not two or three miles from that site," O'Brien said.
The female bear, which had been with a small cub killed by a car on the road, would have weighed at most about 300 pounds and would be about 5 feet tall if it stood upright, she said.
She said the animal might have looked much larger - distorted by the witnesses' fear and horror and by poor lighting. That is, if the bear was the same animal that terrified the construction workers.
The officer reported finding a 15- to 20-inch-long print and seeing a large animal near a pond on the construction site about 3 a.m.
Although the print would have been too large to be from a bear - even a large one - O'Brien said it was possible that the animal had slid in the dirt, creating an elongated print. Bears have been sighted by residents in the Baltimore area recently, she said.
If confronted by a bear, residents should make their presence known by standing straight, talking and then backing away slowly in a nonconfrontational manner, said O'Brien.
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