If you've ever wanted to see Sasquatch, keep looking.
A sideshow-like display featuring an alleged Bigfoot body has canceled its Arizona appearances because they had nowhere to put it on display.
The specimen comes from Rick Dyer, a self-proclaimed "Bigfoot Tracker" whose web site says, "I tracked a creature. I shot it. With tears in my eyes, I watched it take its last breath." Dyer says that was in 2012.
Dyer hired promoter Andrew Clacy to book stops on the "I Told You So" tour. Clacy told CBS 5 News that the body has undergone DNA testing, MRI scans, an autopsy, and more scientific testing in the last year. However, results from those tests are not yet available.
Clacy had been negotiating with various Valley locations that might be interested in hosting the exhibit. He said shopping malls or other venues should want to pay him to have the display on site because of the tremendous crowds it would bring in.
Clacy and Dyer have a credibility barrier. Dyer admits to being the man behind one of the biggest Bigfoot hoaxes of all time. In 2008 he was involved in a scheme to sell another alleged bigfoot body to the highest bidder. The story got national attention and Dyer went into hiding for months.
CBS 5 News has learned that Clacy could not find a single venue that would pay him for the show, nor could he find a venue that would allow him to set up if fees were waived. Even the International UFO Congress, which kicks off its five-day conference in Scottsdale, turned Dyer and Clacy's exhibit away.
"He's a known hoaxer," said conference organizer Maureen Elsberry. "We are a reputable conference and we did not want to be associated with that."
Dyer and Clacy insist the body they have is not a hoax.
"I spent hours looking at the specimen and it's real," Clacy says in a Youtube video. "I've touched it, its skin. It's not a joke."
Michael Shermer, the executive director of the Skeptics Society, told CBS 5 News the whole idea is ridiculous.
"Science is not done by promotional tours," Shermer said. "Why hasn't he submitted the body for scientists to analyze? The answer is obvious: it's a fake. If he has nothing to hide then let him show it to the professionals first before taking his victory lap."
Arizona appearances may be scrapped, but Clacy and Dyer are continuing the tour with high hopes. The pair pulled into Albuquerque Tuesday morning, but still had no location there to exhibit.
"We're not sure where we can pull over in a public place," Clacy told CBS 5 News. They plan to find a suitable spot and call the media.
They also said they have a solid booking at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in San Antonio, TX. A spokeswoman for the venue had not yet confirmed that.
Shermer, the skeptic, had three words to say. "Fake, fake, fake!"
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