Individuals listed below collected samples for the Sasquatch Genome Project (SGP), including hair, tissue, blood, mucus, scratched tree bark, saliva and even a toenail. Some of these individuals are affiliated with research groups participating in the study. Without the participation of these groups and individual submitters, SGP’s groundbreaking research would not have been possible. The groups are listed first, linked to pages with more information about them. Below the group list is the list of individual sample submitters. If applicable, group affiliations are noted by each Individual submitter’s name.
The SGP received many more samples than those listed below, and is still receiving samples. However, due to time and expense it was necessary to focus on the 106 samples represented in the study. The SGP also received samples containing suspected old/ancient DNA, which requires different procedures that made them inappropriate for this particular study. They will be included in future research.
The SGP is deeply appreciative of the participation of the following groups, their leaders and members, as well as non-members who submitted samples to the study through these groups. For more information about the following organizations, please click on the links below.
Arizona Cryptozoological Research Organization (AZCRO)
Crypto Four Corners (C4C)
North America Bigfoot Search (NABS)
TexLa Cryptozoological Research Group (TexLa)
The Erickson Project (EP)
The Olympic Project (OP)
Weird Research and Investigating the Haunted (WRAITH)
The Sasquatch Genome Project would like to thank the following individuals who submitted DNA samples for the study.
Some samples were credited to small teams of people, so some samples are counted more than once in the list below. All individual sample submitters and teams are noted in the paper titled, ” Novel North American Homins ” appearing in the January 11, 2013 issue of the scientific, peer-reviewed journal, The Journal Of advanced Multi-Disciplinary Exploration of Zoology. The paper includes a chart detailing the submission dates, sample types and descriptions of samples including hair color.
Contact information is listed for those individuals who are open to communications from the news media or public. Some submitters chose not to provide bios, photos or contact information and we ask that these individuals’ privacy be respected.
All samples are hair unless otherwise noted. Specific locations where samples were collected are not provided, to ensure the safety of Sasquatch in those areas.
Dr. J. Robert Alley – NABS
3 samples – Alaska
Dr. J. Robert Alley is a retired adjunct professor in anatomy and physiology at the University of Alaska Southeast-Ketchikan. A physical therapist since 1974, he also holds degrees in anthropology and is a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine. He is a former outdoor education instructor, Province of British Columbia, Vanderhoof, BC, fish and game animal identification, and a professional scientific illustrator. He has been interested in Sasquatch for 40 years. In 1974-75 he worked with the late Rene Dahinden in investigating police sightings of Sasquatch in Washington State and throughout western Canada. Since 1989, he has been a field investigator in Alaskan and British Columbian Sasquatch research with a forensic interest in hair and tracks. He is author of the book, Raincoast Sasquatch: The Bigfoot/Sasquatch Records of Southeast Alaska, Coastal British Columbia & Northwest Washington from Puget Sound to Yakutat. Rob currently conducts research and field investigation in Ketchikan, AK and Southeast Alaska, he may be contacted through sasquatchtracker.com or at John Alley/Facebook.
Zoltan Bartha – EP
2 samples – British Columbia, Canada
Zoltan Bartha resides in the beautiful Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada. He was drawn to Bigfoot research in 2005 by its promise of adventure and to be part of solving a mystery. An avid outdoorsman, he specializes in tracking, field audio and video recording. He has been part of The Erickson Project since 2009, and is a member of a team that found and submitted confirmed Sasquatch DNA samples to the Sasquatch Genome Project. Zoltan also researches with Project Sasquatch-BC. He is the owner of a renovation and construction business.
Susan and Raymond Bilbrey – NABS
10 samples – Tennessee
Randy Brisson – EP
2 samples – British Colombia, Canada
Randy Brisson saw his first Sasquatch in 2006. The experience unnerved him so much that he stayed out of the mountains near his native Vancouver in British Colombia, Canada, for six months. He didn’t tell anyone about the encounter until 2007. Then he started learning more about the Sasquatch and decided to spend more time in the forest so he could get to know them. His efforts paid off, as about a year later, he had developed a habituation relationship with several Sasquatch individuals – a relationship he nurtures to this day. He visits the forest about 300 days a year, often accompanied by his son, Ray, and close friends. Randy has been a tracker, trapper and hunter for 30 years and tracks for native communities. He works in construction and film making.
Ray Brisson – EP
2 samples – British Columbia, Canada
Since he was a toddler, Ray Brisson has been exploring the forests of British Columbia, Canada, with his father, Randy Brisson. Already a superb tracker, Ray is an experienced field researcher and spends much of his free time in the wild with Randy and fellow researcher, Zoli Bartha. A recent high school graduate. Ray plans to attend Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He is the youngest person to submit DNA samples to the Sasquatch Genome Project.
Dr. Igor Burtsev
1 sample – British Columbia, Canada
1 sample – Michigan
3 samples – Tennessee
1 sample – Russia
Dr. Igor Burtsev is one of the world’s most prominent researchers in hominology. He received his Ph.D. in history from the Russian Academy of Social Sciences in 1977 and has been engaged in hominology research since 1965. He serves as director of the International Center of Hominology in Moscow, Russia, and has led field research expeditions to many locations such as the North Caucasus, Azerbajan, Abkhazia, Mongolia, Pamiro-Alai and the Murmansk Region. He has participated in field investigations near St. Petersburg, in the Kirov, Novgorod, Tver’, Tula, Krasnodar and Perm regions and in the Mountaneus Shoria, Siberia. In 2004, he spent five weeks investigating at the Carter Farm in Tennessee. In 2006, Igor visited New York University concerning the analysis of skulls excavated in Abkhasia. He is author and co-author of many articles in scientific magazines and newspapers. His most recent work is the 2011 book, “New Turn in Russian Snowman Research.” One of his most significant cases is that of Zana, a Russian Bigfoot woman who was held captive in a village for most of her life. During 2011 and 2012, he has spent considerable time in the U.S. and Canada, appearing at conferences, visiting with habituators and going on field expeditions. He has most recently been involved in a long-term research project at a habituation site in Michigan, as well as organizing international conferences regarding Sasquatch research.
Dr. Angelo Capparella – NABS
1 sample – California
Angelo P. Capparella, Ph.D., is associate professor of zoology and curator of vertebrates in the School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. His academic training was in bird systematics and biogeography at the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science. Through collaborations with various museums, he has participated on expeditions to Latin America, in part to search for new species of birds. For many years he was on the board of directors of the now-defunct International Society of Cryptozoology in Tucson, Arizona, and on the editorial board of its journal Cryptozoology. He has had a long-standing interest in cryptozoology after reading, as a youth, Bernard Heuvelmans’ “On the Track of Unknown Animals” as well as John Green’s books about Sasquatch. He joined the Richard Greenwell northern California Sasquatch expeditions of 1998, 1999 and 2005.
Scott Carpenter – NABS
11 samples – Tennessee
Scott Carpenter’s interest in Bigfoot/Sasquatch started with two juvenile, hairy bipeds peering at him through a sliding glass door in the early 1970s. While fishing on a local lake years later in 2009, he heard “whooping” calls, which revived his interest in the topic. Although a relative newcomer, Scott is known as an innovative and forward-thinking researcher. Spending much of his research time hiking and investigating various events in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, he has developed highly successful methods of recovering DNA specimens and has achieved a greater understanding of Sasquatch. Scott has accumulated a remarkable collection of images, sounds and other evidence that will be presented after the Sasquatch Genome Project’s results are released. Scott has a BS Degree in computer science and works as a systems administrator for a family practice group near Knoxville, Tennessee. He maintains a YouTube channel as well as a blog, through which he can be contacted.
7 samples – Tennessee
Janice Carter is one of the most controversial figures in Bigfoot research. While she is far from the only person reporting to have grown up alongside Sasquatch, she was the first person to publicly describe her experience and assert that Bigfoot are people. However, the story of how her grandfather developed a life-long relationship with a male Bigfoot and his family living on the Carter farm in eastern Tennessee was simply too incredible for many to believe – Janice endured considerable ridicule and harassment for her testimony that “Fox” and his people have culture and language. She persevered, providing consultation to habituators and field researchers across the continent. She was closely involved with a Kentucky habituation case resulting in video evidence included in The Erickson Project. Fox passed away in 2010 but his DNA, as well as that of some of his family members, is included in the SGP study. She is collaborating on a book about Bigfoot language and culture with Dr. Roy Wagner of the Department of Anthropology at The University of Virginia, with in partnership with long-time colleague Lawrence Leavell of California.
1 sample, blood – Illinois
Stan Courtney has been interested in Sasquatch since 1959, and his first possible encounter was near Springfield, Oregon in 1967. Stan has always loved birds and any animal that vocalizes. He made his first audio recordings of frogs back in the late 1960s while attending the University of Oregon. With the advent of the Internet and a series of documentaries, his interest in Sasquatch was rekindled and he connected his two interests. Stan has been a member of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) since 2004, interviewing more than 300 witnesses and posting more than 200 reports on the BFRO Web site. Stan has been actively engaged in audio-recording for the last several years, doing around-the-clock recording resulting in more than 100 sounds that would fall into the category of unknown animal or possible Sasquatch. Since his retirement in 2007 after 36 years as a health care professional, Stan has traveled to the 48 contiguous states, making recordings and researching sighting locations. He has given talks on “Bigfoot In Illinois” to various groups across the state of Illinois and has been a guest on numerous radio shows. Stan has a popular Web site, which includes a large collection of recordings. In addition to BFRO, he is a member of the Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers and the American Bigfoot Society. His submission to the SGP was blood found on a metal rain gutter that had been chewed, possibly in an attempt to get to something inside of the gutter. Stan has three goals: to be a witness advocate, record nature sounds and to gather information on Illinois bigfoot sightings.
Robert Densford – TexLa
1 sample – Oklahoma
Robert Densford grew up in northeast Louisiana and now resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. An aviation maintenance technician, he enjoys several hobbies, including old cars, camping, travel, sight-seeing and discussing favorite subjects online. He always has been intrigued by the world’s greatest mysteries including UFOs, Bigfoot and ancient civilizations, as well as big scientific questions such as the origin of man. In 2005, he and his brother, Bruce, joined a Bigfoot research organization so they could investigate the mystery of Bigfoot. The men soon made friends with several other people who shared the same interests. They began assimilating available information from books, the Internet, conferences and interviews with eyewitnesses. Their search had begun, and eventually led to the formation of the TexLa Cryptozoological Research group in 2008. It soon became apparent to this six-member group that the Bigfoot phenomenon was by far more widespread than the common perception of these beings only residing in the remote wilderness areas of the Pacific Northwest, if anywhere at all. Indeed, the southern states are no stranger to stories and reports of real life wild men.
1 sample – Ohio
Bob Durdella was born and raised in Northeast Ohio where he still lives. He grew up with an appreciation for the outdoors, as his family boated, fished and camped. Bob became interested in Sasquatch in the fall of 2007 after watching several TV programs on the subject. Impressed with what he thought was compelling evidence, he began researching the subject on the Internet. He eventually collected about two dozen books about Bigfoot. Armed with his new knowledge, Bob began his own field research in early 2008 and found a freshly built teepee-like structure made from tree limbs and branches. This structure still stands and has gone through a lot of modifications over the years. In the fall of 2011, Bob set a glue trap inside the structure in hopes of getting hair samples. He achieved success in December of 2011 and submitted the resulting hair to the Sasquatch Genome Project. This is the first known confirmed Sasquatch hair found on one of the enigmatic stick structures commonly attributed to this elusive species. Bob is currently retired.
Dr. Henner Fahrenbach – NABS
1 sample – Washington
Dr. Wolf-Henrich “Henner” Fahrenbach was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1932. He earned his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Washington in 1961. He followed this with postdoctoral work in the Department of Anatomy at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He served as head of the Laboratory of Electron Microscopy at the Oregon Regional Primate Center in Beaverton, Oregon, and as an affiliate professor in the Department of Integrative Biosciences at the Oregon Health & Sciences University’s School of Dentistry in Portland. Over the years of his scholarship, Henner published many articles in a wide variety of scientific journals. In 1998 he published, “Sasquatch: Size, Scaling and Statistics,” in the scholarly journal, Cryptozoology. He also published several online articles pertaining to Sasquatch biology. Henner is widely considered to be among the very best specialists in the identification of hair. He has accumulated a collection of over a dozen samples believed to be from Sasquatch and provided consultation to numerous Bigfoot researchers. Henner also is known for his statistical analysis of the physical features of Sasquatch footprints. He is currently retired.
Paul Freeman – NABS
1 sample – Washington
Leon Paul Freeman (1943 – 2003) met a Sasquatch face-to-face near the Southeastern Washington town of Walla Walla in 1982. He described it as nearly eight feet tall and covered in reddish hair. In 1994 he captured what he considered the ultimate Bigfoot video footage in the Blue Mountain region of Washington. The footage was featured on television evening news programs across eastern Washington. Paul felt this video would be the vindication of all Sasquatch researchers. He also discovered some of the first Sasquatch tracks showing dermal ridges. Paul was not immune to controversy and was accused of hoaxing footprints. In fact, when asked on a national TV news program if he made fake feet for making false tracks, he answered truthfully, “Yes.” However, this program did not broadcast the subsequent explanation that he made those fake feet to prove that a person donned with oversized feet would have difficulty leaving any tracks at all, due to the snowshoe-like distribution of body weight. Paul was a humble, unassuming man, who thoroughly loved his avocation. It is unfortunate that his reputation was sullied by rumor, as it was impossible for those fake feet to leave the type of prints he found near Walla Walla. Paul is posthumously recognized as a member of a DNA sample submission team including Dr. Henner Fahrenbach, W. Laughery and W. Sumerlin.
Rich Germeau – OP
1 sample, saliva – Washington
Rich Germeau was always interested in Sasquatch, but thought it unreasonable that a giant hairy biped was roaming this earth undetected. He thought society had already solved all of the great mysteries. However, everything changed one day in July 2000, when a giant, hairy, human-like figure purposefully walked across a Washington coastal highway, only about 50 meters in front of his police cruiser. He slammed on his brakes, stopped the car, and sat there for a while, trying to make of sense of what he had just seen. After that day, he was reserved about the experience, fearing the ridicule many endured for talking about such encounters. In 2008, he met Derek Randles and with the help of Wally Hersom, the men started an extensive camera trap initiative called The Olympic Project. Its goal is to obtain photographic evidence of the elusive Sasquatch in the rain forests of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. By then, Germeau was a general investigations detective and thought his experience and training as a seasoned investigator could help solve this mystery. While his efforts contributed to the success of the Sasquatch Genome Project, he believes the Sasquatch “were doing just fine before we knew that they were out there.”
Mary Green – NABS
12 samples – Tennessee
Mary Green is a very active and productive, long-time researcher. She was the first person to investigate the Carter Farm case of Eastern Tennessee. The result was the book, “50 Years with Bigfoot,” which chronicled a portion of the the Carter family story, including information about language and culture, as communicated to the Carters by the Bigfoot living on their farm. Mary has collaborated with numerous other researchers over the years and is highly respected in the field. She is currently retired.
Darwin A. Greenwell
1 sample – California
Darwin A Greenwell received his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, and his master’s degree in education administration from San Jose State University in San Jose, California. Darwin’s interest in cryptozoology began as a child while reading various books by Tim Dinsdale, John Green, John Bindernagel and Grover Krantz. He is the son of J. Richard Greenwell, one of the founders of the International Society of Cryptozoology (ISC). Darwin’s attendance at numerous International Society of Cryptozoology meetings also spurred on his interest in the field. Darwin participated in the 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2005 Richard Greenwell Northern California Sasquatch expeditions. On each of these excursions Darwin served as chief electrical and electronics engineer.
J. (John) Richard Greenwell
1 sample – California
Richard Greenwell was an English naturalist, explorer, historian and writer. In the 1970s he was research coordinator of the Office of Arid Lands Studies in the College of Earth Sciences, University of Arizona. From 2001 until his untimely passing in 2005, he was a research associate in mammalogy in the Department of Zoological Collections of the International Wildlife Museum in Tucson. In 1982, he and 14 other scientists founded the International Society of Cryptozoology (ISC) at a meeting hosted by the U.S. National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution. Richard was appointed the ISC’s permanent Secretary and Editor of Publications. Over the years, he organized many ISC conferences in different nations, and as editor of the scholarly journal Cryptozoology, he was responsible for the editing and publishing of 376 manuscripts. Richard also led numerous cryptozoology expeditions to various remote parts of the world, including China, the Congo and New Guinea. He also led scientific field projects in various wilderness areas of Northern California searching for evidence of Sasquatch. Richard called himself a slave to objectivity and the scientific method, and his cryptozoological activities, whether they involved theoretical work or fieldwork, followed that same philosophy. He is honored here posthumously as a member of a 2005 expedition during which a Sasquatch hair sample was collected, and ultimately submitted to the Sasquatch Genome Project.
Dr. Al Guinn – WRAITH
13 samples, including some tree bark – Texas
Dr. Al Guinn is a successful, board-certified plastic surgeon and hand surgeon practicing in Missouri. His extracurricular activities are a bit unusual. He has had an interest in the study of metaphysics for the last 45 years. His research has included the study of various paranormal phenomena, including cryptids primarily including Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, investigations of haunted sites, telekinesis (psychokinesis), remote viewing, astral travel and other fields not currently accepted by mainstream science. He likes to describe himself as skeptical, but not a skeptic. Al is the founder of Weird Research and Investigating the Haunted (WRAITH), an organization made up of professional, paraprofessional and collegiate personnel with an interest in the scientific investigation of the paranormal. While the name suggests that it is primarily a ghost hunting group, that is not the case, although it does have extensive experience in that field. WRAITH’s interests extend to all aspects of the unknown.
Brenda Harris – C4C
2 samples, blood and tissue – New Mexico
Nearly three years ago, an 18-inch foot print found beneath a streetlight caused Brenda Harris some concern for her farming family’s safety. Today, she is an experienced Bigfoot researcher who contributed significant DNA evidence to the Sasquatch Genome Project. She collected blood samples from the site of what appeared to be a life-and-death struggle for a skunk facing a Bigfoot determined to harvest its scent gland – tearing open a large irrigation pipe in the process. She also collected blood from the scene of a rabbit kill on a local farm. Documented on video through the Crypto Four Corners organization, these are the only DNA samples in the study that are tied to specific events, and which place confirmed Sasquatch individuals at the scenes of the incidents. Raised in a Christian home, Brenda is constantly seeking the truth of the legend of Bigfoot. Her main concern is aiding the people who feel threatened in any way by these beings. This Native American woman has come very far in the Bigfoot research world in a very short time.
Jennifer and Makayla Hilaman
1 sample, mucus – Virginia
Jennifer Hilaman’s life has been filled with variety. She has been an emergency medical technician, has owned a cleaning company and purchased investment properties. She is part owner and secretary of her husband’s successful contracting business. She enjoys writing poetry and short, true-life, inspirational stories, and raising her teen-aged son and daughter. Jennifer plans to someday publish her manuscripts, pursue future business investments and work with nonprofit groups. Makayla, a senior in private school, shares her mother’s tendency toward broad interests and goals. She plans to start college at a major university next year, majoring in constitutional law and political science. Multi-talented, she plays violin in a community orchestra, performs in theatre and can sketch, draw and paint. She would like to open her own gallery someday. A week-long vacation visit to the site of one of Mr. Hilaman’s contracting jobs in Central Virginia in 2010 added a new interest to the family’s list – Sasquatch. Initially, activity at the site surprised and frightened the family, but over the course of many visits to the site that year and the next, they learned a lot about the local, hairy neighbors. In June 2011, the Hilamans obtained samples of bark from trees the local Sasquatch had climbed and scratched up. Jennifer and Makayla also retrieved what appeared to be mucus from a badly gouged tree, as well as some fish bones left over from an apparent meal. They carefully collected this evidence and submitted it to the SGP. The Hilamans are a private family, but can be reached at email@example.com.
Larry Jenkins – AZCRO
1 sample, toenail – Arizona
Larry Jenkins is a veteran, a carpenter and a gunsmith. Originally from Ohio, he has lived in Arizona for 35 years. He is an avid hunter, survivalist and outdoorsman extraordinare. Over the years, he has trained many individuals, including celebrities such as Geraldo Rivera, in wilderness survival skills and strategies. His cabin in northern Arizona has been the location of numerous weird happenings, including loud footfalls, broken trees and shrubs and rather large footprints. In 2008, hand and face prints were left on one of his windows. That summer, he found a large, suspicious toenail and some attached tissue in a wash below his cabin. This toenail was submitted to the Sasquatch Genome Project and is the first known piece of Sasquatch nail tissue ever examined and tested. Larry still has suspected Sasquatch activity on this property, having found a large hand print on his truck. An intelligent and talented man, he perseveres in his quest for truth.
1 sample, tree limb – California
Shawn Jones is a retired deputy sheriff residing in Washington State. Shawn also served as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army National Guard and Reserves for eight years. Before his military and law enforcement careers, Shawn worked as an environmental science educator for several Oregon outdoor education programs for 15 years, and still volunteers in this field. He earned a bachelor’s degree in science from Portland State University in 2000. Shawn’s field work and studies have taken him throughout North America, from Alaska to Costa Rica. Shawn conducts most of his Bigfoot research in the Pacific Northwest, ranging from his home state of Washington through Oregon and into Northern California. With his research partners, Jason Moore and Steve Robertson, Shawn’s Northern California expeditions have yielded various examples of Bigfoot evidence. In November 2010, after tracking what they thought to be at least two Sasquatch in their Northern California research area, Shawn and Jason found a young tree with freshly made scratches in its bark. The scratches appeared to have been made by fingernails, rather than claws. They harvested the scratched portion of the tree using law enforcement evidence gathering techniques to prevent contamination or degradation of any possible trace DNA. Shawn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
W. Laughery – NABS
1 sample – Washington
1 sample – Anonymous – “W.A.” – Texas
Steve Mattice – OP
36 samples – Washington
Note: The large number of samples submitted by Steve Mattice came from one source — an apparently very popular back-scratching tree used by many Sasquatch individuals.
Bruce MacDonald – NABS
1 sample – Alaska
Bruce MacDonald is an avid recreational outdoorsman, rock climber, mountaineer, skier and adventurer. In 1979 he was selected to represent Canada as a member of a British expedition retracing the path of Sir Francis Drake around the world. He has spent three months in Papua New Guinea, where he conducted extensive deep-water scuba diving with British Navy divers charting sunken Japanese merchant wrecks in Rabual Harbor. In 2005, he received a guided tour of prospector exploration operations and abandoned uranium mine recovery efforts in the northeast Mongolian steppe. Competent with snowmobiling in steep and big mountain terrain, he has wilderness and winter wilderness expedition leadership skills. He has made numerous first ascents and repeats of extremely difficult, dangerous, full-day or overnight rock climbing routes in his native British Columbia as well as Yosemite Valley, California. He is his company’s chief technology officer, and is highly skilled in IP networking and protocols, ISP communication hardware and very large software project management.
David Paulides – NABS
1 sample – Oregon
David Paulides has a professional background that includes 20 years in law enforcement and senior executive positions in the technology sector. In 2004 he formed North America Bigfoot Search (NABS) where his investigative and analytical experience were invaluable in researching Bigfoot/Sasquatch sightings, encounters and behavior. Under his leadership, NABS made the initial public invitation for DNA samples forming the foundation of the Sasquatch Genome Project. David spent two years living among the Hoopa tribal members, listening to and recording their Bigfoot stories. The Hoopa Project is his first book, based on his experiences in the Bluff Creek area of Northern California. David’s second book, Tribal Bigfoot, is a quantum step forward in Bigfoot research and allows for a common sense understanding of this elusive biped. The third work is a compilation of 17 years of newsletters written by Oregon Bigfoot researcher Ray Crowe. Placed on a CD, The Track Record provides 3,000 pages of documents and 80-page index, making this a valuable tool for all researchers. These two books and CD have been called the new standard for crypto research. David’s most recent project is the two-volume Missing 411 book series, which examine mysterious missing persons cases in national parks.
1 sample, tissue – California
Derek Randles owns a landscape installation company and a wilderness guide service. He is a co-founder with Rich Germeau of The Olympic Project. Derek’s submission to the SGP is a piece of hair-covered tissue collected from the scene of an alleged shooting of an adult Sasquatch and the killing of a very young Sasquatch child. Widely reported on the Web for almost two years, this account has created extensive controversy about the details of the reported incident itself, Justin Smeja, the hunter who admitted to the shootings, and another man who was the only witness to the alleged events. Justin Smeja signed this tissue sample over to Derek, who submitted it to the SGP for analysis. About three inches long and about an inch thick and wide, it included attached hair, skin and some of the underlying tissue. It is the first known hair-covered Sasquatch tissue sample ever to be scientifically examined and tested. Its size permitted examination that resulted in additional information, also included in the SGP’s recently published research paper.
Dr. Samuel “Webb” Sentell – NABS
1 sample – Louisiana
Dr. Samuel “Webb” Sentell is a neuropsychologist with a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He has been a principal as well as co-author on refereed publications in the area of animal behavior. When not in his Bossier, Louisiana, clinic, he can often be found on a mule or in a canoe exploring habitats where anomalous, large, hair-covered hominoids have been reported. He particularly concentrates on research in the area known as the Big Piney Woods, which ranges from Fouke, Arkansas, through northern Louisiana and east Texas down to the Big Thicket area. Webb makes numerous regular excursions to locations of reported Sasquatch sightings or encounters. He is reasonably fluent in Haitian Creole and participates with his wife, Rev. Beth Sentell, in missionary work in Haiti through Living Waters for the World, Haiti Education Foundation and Solar Under the Sun. He is an adjunct professor of psychology at Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University-Shreveport, as well as a gratis clinical professor at LSU Med Center in Shreveport. He can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
James “Tommy” Shirley
3 samples – Tennessee
James “Tommy” Shirley was born in Tennessee, and returned to his home state after spending many years in Illinois and elsewhere. Trained in HVAC, he has had many occupations. His interest in Bigfoot arose after meeting Janice Carter several years ago, just before Dr. Igor Burtsev spent several weeks conducting Bigfoot research on the Carter Farm. Tommy partnered with Jan and Igor in many research activities, resulting in three hair samples ultimately submitted to the SGP study. He also provided assistance with an online discussion forum. His own experiences with Sasquatch led him to coin the alternative “Forest Friends” moniker, now incorporated in a popular pic badge on Facebook. He also has produced several YouTube videos illustrating translations of clips from the “Sierra Sounds” recordings by Morehead and Berry. His personal understanding of the Sasquatch as a people has made a profound impact on his perspective, and he is a vocal advocate for no-kill legislation protecting these beings from hunting.
Kirk Stewart – NABS
2 samples – California
W. Sumerlin – NABS
1 sample – Washington
2 samples – Ohio
Larry Surface was born in his ancestral home in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. He served in the U.S. Air Force and later farmed, drove semi trucks and worked in real estate. He sought hobbies that kept him outdoors, including winter fur trapping, trout fishing, hunting, medicinal herb hunting and competitive bass fishing. He has lived in New Mexico and Oregon and now resides in Ohio. He always has been fascinated by primitive people and pre-humans. After seeing television programs about Bigfoot in the early 1960s, he set a life goal to find out if they really existed. He began pursuing the mystery after retiring in 2007. He maintains a blog and can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raven Ulibarri – NABS
1 sample – California
1 sample, blood – Ontario, Canada
1 Sample – Ohio
Doug Waller first heard about “MoMo” in the 1970s, sparking his interest in Bigfoot. He attended some local Bigfoot meetings in Ohio in the early ‘80s and started doing his own research in 2006. He helped found the Southeastern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigation (SOSBI) in 2008. Unlike most Sasquatch research groups, SOSBI has regular meetings, sometimes attracting more than 70 people. Popular with researchers, witnesses and even skeptics, these meetings are held at the Crossroads Branch Library in Cambridge, Ohio, where Doug works. The group takes advantage of nearby Salt Fork State Park, known for many Sasquatch encounters, for gatherings and research outings. In 2007, Doug and some other SOSBI members were investigating on private property near the park and found some hair snagged on the top strand of a barbed-wire fence about four feet off the ground. The hair was long, one measuring 14 inches. After checking with the property owner to be sure that the hair could not be attributed to livestock, Doug submitted the hair to the SGP. Doug may be reached at email@example.com.