(HOUSTON) — A former publicist says the body of a dead Bigfoot now on national tour is a hoax.
Andrew Clacy told NEWS 92 FM famed Bigfoot tracker Rick Dyer has confessed the body was made by a Washington toy maker.
Listen to our exclusive interview with Chris Russell, the toy maker who created the Bigfoot body:
Clacy said he believed the events and the body were real based on what Dyer told him, but he became suspicious after moving from Australia to the U.S. to assist the infamous tracker in publicizing the body’s national tour.
“I was of the view that Hank was real and I was excited to be part of what I considered to be a history-making event,” Clacy wrote in an email to NEWS 92 FM. “I put my Australian businesses on hold and accepted this offer and flew to the United States with the best intentions of being part of a genuine and significant program.”
What Clacy found, however, was anything but a genuine program, he said. Confronting Dyer while in Daytona, Fla., Clacy said he confessed to the hoax.
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“[He] admitted to me personally that the body of ‘Hank’ was not a real body but rather a construct of a company from Washington State which was paid for by Rick Dyer,” Clacy wrote. “Once I became aware of the truth, I could no longer continue in my role with Rick Dyer on moral and ethical grounds…”
On Sunday, Chris Russell, of Washington, confirmed ‘Hank’ was a fraud created for the filming of an upcoming movie, Sasquatch Detective blog reports.
“HANK was made of polyfoam filled latex with latex paints and red camel hair glued on… intentionally to look like an “old poorly made taxidermy of a bigfoot nearly 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide at shoulders” at clients request to tour the country while filming of a movie for film studio I will not publicly name at this time,” Russell told researcher Laura Michaels, according to the blog.
Clacy, who has since returned to Australia, told NEWS 92 FM he is “available and willing to cooperate with any Federal or State law enforcement investigations should they arise.”
A petition was started online to charge Dyer with fraud. See the petition here.