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The hunt goes on. Two days ago, Eric Wills reported on City Desk that Manassas, Virginia Bigfoot researcher William Dranginis was “highly skeptical” that Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer of Georgia had a real Bigfoot body in their possession. Good call. Wired reports that yesterday’s much-hyped press conference came and went without a corpse to show.

At this point, all signs appear to point to some combination of hoax, scam, or publicity stunt. And a transparent one at that, according to Wired: “Casting further doubt on the pair’s announcement is analysis by several bloggers showing that their photograph bears an uncanny resemblance to a commercially available Bigfoot costume.”

Isn’t that always the way? Well, at least there’s a consolation prize, in the form of the Most Topical Bigfoot Description Ever:

“According to the team, the Bigfoot creature is 7-feet 7-inches tall, weighs over 500 pounds and has feet that are over 16 inches long, or about size 24. By comparison, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is 6 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 165 pounds and has size 14 feet. Phelps is also nearly hairless, while Bigfoot appears to be covered in fur.”

For more on the Georgia Bigfoot press conference, see the Wired article. For more on Dranginis’s closer-to-home Bigfoot quest, see City Paper‘s story “Hot For Creature.” For more on Michael Phelps, wait about ten minutes and someone near you will start talking about him.