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Media Article # 141
Article submitted by Richard Noll

Tuesday, June 16, 1970

Secret's Out: Sasquatch 'Sighting' Admitted

By Don Hannula
Seattle Times

Russell Figg, a Grays Harbor County deputy sheriff, confirmed today that his daughter, 18, and two other teen-age girls saw what they believed to be a Sasquatch three weeks ago between Copalis Crossing and Carlisle.

The area is near the Ocean in Grays Harbor County, a short distance from where a much-publicized report of a sighting was made last July 27 of a Sasquatch - the fabled man like ape of Indian legend.

The 1969 sighting report was made by Verlin Herrington, a part-time deputy sheriff. He said he saw an erect creature, covered with hair, with finger like hands and measuring 7 to 8 feet in height. Herrington no longer is with the sheriff's department.

FIGG, reluctant to talk about the sighting, said when he checked it out it was not in his official capacity as a deputy sheriff. He is a Sasquatch buff and has read much literature on the subject.

Pat Gallagher, Grays Harbor County sheriff, said no report of the sighting was filed with the department.

Figg, resident deputy at Pacific Beach, said his daughter and the two friends "saw something, but I don't want to say what it was."

THE GIRLS reported what they saw as at least seven feet tall with liver0tipped hair all over. It first loomed in front of the headlights of their car, they said, then ran erect on its hindlegs behind the car.

It was supposed to have been kept secret, Figg said. He said he didn't want to get involved because of the furor over the sighting report a year ago.

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