Man Dressed as Bigfoot for a Hoax Is Run Over and Killed

08/28/2012 at 05:00 PM EDT

Bigfoot Sighting Hoax Kills Man Run Over While Wearing Costume
Ghillie suit (left) and purported Bigfoot photo
Bill Greene/The Boston Globe/Getty; AP
An apparent attempt to stage a Bigfoot sighting horribly backfired when a man dressed in furry camouflage was struck and killed by two cars on a Montana highway, police say.

Randy Lee Tenley, 44, of Kalispell, Mont., was pronounced dead at the scene near Flathead Lake in northwestern Montana after the stunt late Sunday night.

"This is one of the dumbest things I've ever seen. Really," Montana Highway Patrol Lt. Col. Butch Huseby tells the Los Angeles Times.

Tenley had donned a Ghillie camouflage suit covered in thick foliage-like material that's used by hunters and military snipers and dashed onto the two-lane road around 10:30 p.m. Two cars, both driven by teenage females, slammed into him.

A friend who was with him told police about the intended Bigfoot hoax. Authorities are investigating whether the men had been drinking.

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