BISHOPVILLE, SC (WIS) - It's a story that got a lot of people talking in the Midlands. Back in February, a Lee County family woke up to find their van torn and bloodied. Some people thought the legendary Lizard Man had struck again, and many of you sent us stories telling about your own run-ins with him.
Now, an investigator says those who believe the legend have it all wrong. Instead, he says a very different type of creature is to blame.
"Think about it. It's incredible," says Tom Biscardi. He wants answers, so he drove all the way from California to Bishopville. Biscardi is traveling with his team of researchers - trying to figure out what could've chewed up the front of the van, biting right through metal.
Biscardi heard all the rumors. The only freak of nature that could do it was supposedly the Lizard Man.
A giant creature of legend was first reportedly seen near Scape Ore swamp nearly 20 years ago. Biscardi doesn't think so. "There's no Lizard Man. I'm telling you, you've got something else."
Biscardi, says his investigation - will debunk all the rumors. He can't prove it yet, but Biscardi traces the damage to a creature like the one in Texas. "I'm going to tell you, it's not a Lizard Man. What you've got is a primate, a thing called a swamp ape."
The creature Biscardi speaks of is more commonly known as "Bigfoot."
The team found 18-inch prints in Texas. Biscardi's team of Bigfoot hunters says it's found similar prints near Scape Ore Swamp. The team set surveillance around the swamp, and near the damaged van.
Forensic evidence was also gathered. But after two days of searching, no creature was spotted. Biscardi says, "No problem."
He'll be back next month with a bigger crew. "If anything does travel out on this area, we'll get it. I have no doubt in my mind."
Whether the Lizard Man story ends there remains to be seen. What's clear for now, the mystery's plot - has only thickened.
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Reported by Dan Tordjman