He got the FBI to test ‘Bigfoot’ hair in the 1970s — and this 93-year-old man is still searching for Sasquatch

“Please understand that our research here is serious,” Byrne wrote.

“That this is a serious question that needs answering.”

In a response finally sent to Byrne on Dec. 15, 1976, Cochran, of the bureau’s scientific and technical services division, noted that the FBI laboratory normally conducts examinations “of physical evidence for law enforcement agencies in connection with criminal investigations.”

But Cochran added, “occasionally, on a case-by-case basis, in the interest of research and scientific inquiry, we make exceptions to the general policy.”

“We will examine the hairs and tissue mentioned in your letter,” Cochran wrote to Byrne.

It was the first time that the FBI apparently tested a sample of hair to see if it was a Bigfoot, according to the records, which contain photocopied images of the hairs.

The FBI acted relatively quickly after Cochran told Byrne the tests would be done.

14-1/2 inch Bigfoot footprint found by Peter Byrne’s Bigfoot research team in the Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California in 1961.

Source: Peter Byrne

In February 1977, Cochran wrote Howard Curtis, executive vice president of the Academy of Applied Science in Boston, which had a relationship with Byrne’s Bigfoot group. The academy had been the chief sponsor of a search for the Loch Ness monster in Scotland.

Cochran’s letter noted that the results were being sent to Curtis, at his request, because “Mr. Byrne will be out of the country for several months.”

Byrne, according to Curtis, was in Nepal at the time.

Cochran said the examination of the hair “included a study of morphological characteristics such as root structure, medullary structure and cuticle thickness in addition to scale casts.”

“Also, the hairs were compared directly with hairs of known origin under a comparison microscope,” he added.

At the end of all that: “It was concluded as a result of these examinations that the hairs are of a deer family origin,” Cochran wrote.

“The hair sample you submitted is being returned as an enclosure in this letter.”

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