2015-08-28 / Front Page

Sasquatch sightings in Kennebunk

Spray-painted images are littering the landscape
By Duke Harrington Staff Writer


This spray-painted silhouette of Bigfoot was found Aug. 19 on a downtown historic marker in Kennebunk. Police are asking for the public’s help to catch the Bigfoot vandal, who has tagged “at least a dozen, if not more” sites in town over the past year. (Courtesy photo) This spray-painted silhouette of Bigfoot was found Aug. 19 on a downtown historic marker in Kennebunk. Police are asking for the public’s help to catch the Bigfoot vandal, who has tagged “at least a dozen, if not more” sites in town over the past year. (Courtesy photo) KENNEBUNK — There have been several sightings of Sasquatch in Kennebunk — more than a dozen, in fact, over the past year.

But what people are spotting is not the mythological hulking beast of the American Northwest. No, this Bigfoot is only about 8 inches tall and two dimensional.

Police say that since last summer, “at least a dozen, if not more” graffiti images of the famous Bigfoot have been found across Kennebunk, largely near the beaches, but also downtown.

Most recently, the spray-painted silhouette was “tagged” on a historic sign marking the location of the old Boston & Maine Railroad Station on Depot Street.

“We’ve noticed it popping up throughout town every now and then, but that one really got our attention because those signs are very expensive,” said Lt. Eric O’Brien, of the Kennebunk Police Department, on Monday.

Neither Town Manager Barry Tibbetts nor Finance Director Joel Downs could be reached Monday, but O’Brien said he understood the sign could cost as much as $500 to replace.

Replacement may be necessary because the graffiti cannot simply be painted over as it has in other places it’s appeared, such as the sea wall at Middle Beach or the trolley stop area at Gooch’s Beach, or scrubbed off, as it was when it appeared on the Park Square building downtown. Nor can it be simply left alone, as it reportedly has been at the town skate park on Factory Pasture Lane.

O’Brien said the image appears to be spray painted, always in black and stenciled. “They all look exactly the same,” he said.

He noted the outline — based on the famous “Patterson video,” captured near Bluff Creek, Oregon in 1967 that purports to prove the existence of the elusive monster — is a popular image found in many places online, as a stencil, vinyl decal and T-shirt image.

“We don’t really know what the meaning behind it is, although we’re pretty sure it’s not anything related to a gang, or a drug reference, or anything like that,” O’Brien said. “For all we know, it could be the work of a 10-year-old who’s just really fascinated with Bigfoot.”

O’Brien said the Bigfoot graffiti did not show up over the winter months, so far as anyone knows. But rather than taking that as a clue the Bigfoot vandal could be a seasonal resident of Kennebunk, or the surrounding area, in might just mean inclement weather is not conducive to vandalism, he said.

Regardless, given the cost to the town of the most recent tag, Kennebunk police took to its Facebook page within hours of the most recent sighting to request the public’s help in identifying the person, or persons, responsible.

“We’re just looking to see if anybody knows or has any information on this,” O’Brien said. “As with any crime, somebody out there knows something. At the very least, we can use an extra pair of eyes to catch if and when this happens again.”

Anyone with information on the Bigfoot vandal is invited to contact the Kennebunk Police Department by calling Detective Steve Borst at 985-2102, extension 1319.

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