Mike F. Strong
Headlines across the nation – even in legitimate newspapers – recently screamed “BIGFOOT FOUND!” However, it’s not what you may think.
Rather than the elusive woodland creature famous for fuzzy photos, what these headlines were referring to was a statue of the big guy that went missing in Massachusetts a few weeks ago.
According to the local press, the life-sized Bigfoot statue that has been a fixture along Route 20 in Brimfield, and had recently been adorned with a mask and messages about COVID-19, has been found after it was stolen.
The Bigfoot statue’s owner, Todd Disotell, a professor at UMass Amherst, said the statue was found at 2:15 a.m. on Friday in Downtown Worcester, two days after it had been stolen.
Disotell told WCVB Channel 5 that someone cut the chains securing the statue at about 10:30 p.m. the previous Wednesday night. A video shows two people -- one in a light-colored hoodie and one in dark clothes -- working to free the statue.
The statue was wearing a tie-dye mask and had been displaying signs about social distancing and COVID-19.
On Friday, Bigfoot was back in place with a sign thanking police for their efforts to find him.
Disotell had offered a $200 reward for its safe return.
Brimfield Police Chief Charles T. Kuss said estimated its value at about $2,400, making those responsible for the theft eligible to face charges of grand larceny.
Police did not immediately say if charges would be brought in connection with the recovery of the statue.
This is not the first time a Bigfoot statue has gone missing and was subsequently found. In October of 2019, Mountaineer Landscaping of Linville, NC, reported their 8-foot Sasquatch was stolen from the front of their business. The statue was later found dumped in the nearby woods. As in the Massachusetts theft, no perpetrators were ever caught or charges filed, and the owners, like Disotell, were just glad to have him back.
“He’s part of the family,” said Mountaineer Landscaping store manager Glenna Ollis. The statue had been out front for three years and had become a popular spot for tourists taking selfies or group photos.