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Bigfoot stunt ends in death

By Bill Kaufmann, Calgary Sun

A man clad in a ghillie suit was in the middle of a highway when two teenage girls struck him with their cars. (Fotolia)

A man clad in a ghillie suit was in the middle of a highway when two teenage girls struck him with their cars. (Fotolia)

CALGARY - 

A U.S. prankster trying to enact a Bigfoot hoax was struck by two vehicles and killed on Sunday night.

Randy Lee Tenley, 44, clad in a ghillie suit, was in the middle of the highway on the right-hand lane when a 15-year-old girl hit Tenley, another car swerved, then a 17-year-old girl ran him over, the Montana Highway Patrol said.

A ghillie suit is a full-body camouflage outfit often worn by snipers in the military. Designed to look like heavy foliage, ghillie suits are often covered in twig-like cloth and twine, giving a big shaggy appearance.

“The gentleman in question apparently was wearing a ghillie suit, to try to induce a citizen to call in a Bigfoot sighting,” Sgt. Steve Lavin said.

“Being camouflaged at night, the person didn’t see him before striking him.”

It’s an unprecedented circumstance in the annals of the Montana Highway Patrol, said Lavin.

“It’s pretty crazy ... a weird story,” he said.

Tenley’s friends told police he was trying to conjure a phoney Bigfoot hysteria.

While there have been countless cases of people claiming to have spotted Bigfoot in the western U.S. and Canada, Lavin said the Kalispell area has hardly been a hotbed of Sasquatch lore.

“I haven’t heard Bigfoot signtings in years, I thought it was a fad that went away,” he said.

Scarier than any Sasquatch encounter, Lavin added, was the trauma experienced by the two young motorists involved.

“Those two poor girls, I can’t imagine,” he said.

Alcohol use is suspected but has yet to be confirmed by toxicology tests which could take weeks, Lavin said.

No charges are being laid.

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