I’m sure most of you by now have seen or heard of the infamous ‘Lumpkin County dash-cam Bigfoot video’ that was recorded from a Georgia state police officer’s cruiser in 2009. The video, which shows a large bipedal creature running across a desolate highway, has been plagued with plenty of He Said, She Said controversies over the last few years.
You can barely see the pair of legs hightailing it across the highway in the grainy video, but you know it’s something bipedal that made those huge strides across the road. What is it? A Bigfoot? Pranksters? That’s the million dollar question that we’re all waiting to be answered.
When the story broke and the video made its way across the web, most of us paranormal/cryptid bloggers had high hopes. Then came in the strange story from Cryptomundo that a Lumpkin County Sheriff, Stacy Jarrard, had followed up with the case and began an investigation of the supposed Bigfoot.
Sheriff Jarrad was reported to have interviewed the residents of several homes near the area where the sighting occurred. The story then says that the sheriff supposedly ran into a pair of college students who were acting nervous and strange when the sheriff began to question the students.
They may change their minds, however, when they learn that Sheriff Stacy Jarrard claims to have proven the sighting to be a hoax. Jarrard said he went out the next day to question homeowners in the area. At the first house he stopped at, he says, there were two young men, students at North Georgia College & State University, who were “acting really nervous. You could see their hearts were beating really fast,” he says.
The two did not admit to the prank right away, but later in the week they copped to one of them donning a gorilla suit and running across the road in front of vehicles on the night in question. Jarrard says he even has a photograph of the two boys with the gorilla suit. –Source: Sharon Hall, The Dahlonega Nugget.
Sheriff Jarrard’s statement on the investigation sounds like a slam-dunk case. However as skeptical as some of us are, there is still the notion that nothing was really disproven. The fast moving creature in the video is said to be pranksters but the pranksters have yet to come out and admit the hoax. Furthermore, there’s no evidence of a ‘gorilla suit’ photograph anywhere on the net. At least nothing that I could find.
Yes, the most likely scenario would be an idiotic prank by some bored college students but you gotta ask yourself “Why would they?”. Why would they chose that particular curve on the road, where the driver had very little visibility? If you were a hoaxer, wouldn’t you want your audience to have a clear view of your hoax? I know this is not a strong argument to prove my point but Sheriff Jarrard’s statement holds the same amount of water for those of us who look for evidence.
I think the most important question is Where is the gorilla suit photograph?