Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) June 20, 2005 -
Last winter, at least a dozen locals living in hamlets around Loch Ness reported land sightings at night, and three families reported missing pets, according to Forensics Investigator William McDonald.
ÂI pride myself on being a bit of an old-fashioned gumshoe detective,Â said McDonald, whose new revelations and research are woven into the fictional storyline of NY Times best-selling author Steve AltenÂs latest thriller, The LOCH. ÂIÂve spent twelve years getting to know the locals who work at key infrastructures along the Loch, such as the waterworks and hydro-electrical plants, places where creature sightings are more apt to occur. Alten knows that, itÂs why he hired me to help him with his research.Â
Last winter, McDonaldÂs relations with the locals paid off when they sent him urgent messages to return to Loch Ness because of rare land sightings. ÂLand sightings happen in the winter, when the nights are sixteen hours long and before the salmon migrations occur. The creature gets hungry and is more apt to come on shore. I spoke with several families who live close to the water that reported missing pets, and a crofter (farmer) whose sheep went into a frenzy late one night. When he came out with his gun, he heard a tremendous splash.Â
McDonaldÂs December visit led him to two eyewitnesses and the firstÂever documented photos of giant slide tracks. ÂThis was a big animal, at least 50-60 feet long and weighing seven to eight tons. We lucked out because it came ashore after a rainfall. That night it grew very cold and the tracks froze over. The sighting occurred just south of Invermoriston, along the A-82 highway. The two guys who saw this thing were freaked out.
ÂMost locals know exactly what the creature is, but rarely let on because it would be bad for tourism. How many people would actually come to Loch Ness if they knew the creature was a deepwater species that preferred the depths and ventured topside only in the dead of winter. But my job isnÂt to protect the economy, itÂs to get at the truth.Â
Mr. McDonald can be reached by phone at 480-330-7553 or by e-mail at email@example.com