KALISPEL, Mont., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A 44-year-old Montana man dressed in camouflage while apparently trying to perpetrate a Bigfoot hoax died when struck by two vehicles, a state trooper says.
Randy Lee Tenley of Kalispell was standing in the middle of the southbound lane of Highway 93 dressed in the kind of three-dimensional camouflage uniform sometimes worn by military snipers when he was hit by two vehicles, KCFW-TV in Kalispell reported.
Trooper Jim Schneider of the state highway patrol said the outfit would have made Tenley difficult to see.
"We can only speculate as to his exact intentions, but according to another member of his party his intention was to get people to believe they saw a sasquatch," Schneider told The Missoulian. "It is a bizarre set of circumstances and it is certainly tragic."
He said he believed alcohol was involved but did not know whether Tenley was intoxicated while in the roadway pretending to be one of the mythical ape-like creatures.
A teenage occupant of one of the vehicles that struck Tenley was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.