Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Jeffrey Kelley, an administrator for the Facebook group, The Squatchers Lounge! (Click on link to join).
Just before 10am the message from Dr. Jeff Meldrum is posted.
"Just learned by way of Kathy Strain that the entire "Bridge Group" meeting has been cancelled."
What has happened? Is "Daisy" ok? Did Quantra pull out? It was a tense hour until the next announcement was released by the Independent Researchers.
Statement form Ed Smith regarding the capture of a Sasquatch specimen:
The news was of a secret meeting in Tennessee. Why cancel the Bridging Group they are here to help? Ownership seems split on what path to take next. Should they continue to study “Daisy" or should it stop. Is the animal alive or has it perished from mishandling of the specimen as alluded to by Ed Smith. While Ed is now POSITIVE that "Quantra" has a live or dead specimen they are no longer willing to share any further information.
More back ground of the "Quantra" infrastructure is revealed with talk of "Repositories" in more than 4 locations such as AR, TN, Mo and TX have been mentioned as well as an operation in OK from the first few posts.
From the TX meeting to the secret location in TN Ed Smith has worked hard to get more information to the community. Although he is certain a press conference is coming, Ed Smith admits he has no clue on a time line. Ed now claims to be an outsider after negotiations broke down during the FBI like meeting in Tn.
Is this the end of the story? Is "Daisy" still alive? Why did "Quantra" clam up and cancel the meeting? The answers to these questions and more are still to come.
In a shocking move upon returning the MABRC forum Admin posted that
"Ed Smith has been suspended from the MABRC forums."
Is this the end? Was it just one big troll? Has the MABRC learned the truth; even, with last statement of confirmation that he is still positive that the group has an animal. Let the distancing begin. After 11 days of stirring up the community it seems that no one wants to take the blame for this new development. But is there blame to be place? Many people have asked the hard questions and not getting any answers which would lead most to not believe in the story. Are they completing the documentary on just how they would go about capturing a bigfoot and how the community would react? So many questions left unanswered.
Shortly after Rob Gaudet of Squatch Unlimited posted:
This gives us further details as now it seems a split is immerging between the gospel of Ed Smith who just days ago was the messiah of the bigfoot world is now asked to put up or shut up to get his posting rights back on the forum. As this is the only means of the community having contact with Ed Smith could this be the end of all contact with the story of "Daisy"?
Dw "Darkwing" Lee posts on the Facebook forums:
Is there new information? Did Ed Smith come up with some proof of his claims? Was he able to produce plane tickets from both TX and TX from the last few days? Who where the 2 people he claims that they met with "Quantra" principals? Will they come forward and be heard? It seems with every new posting more questions are created than answers given. Does the MABRC have responsibility if it all turns out to be a hoax? These are still the answers many people are screaming for throughout the bigfoot community. Dr. Meldrum has been silent since his announcement that the bridging group meeting had been canceled.
Everything has fallen silent as the solemn news that the meeting was canceled. Many meetings behind closed doors are taking place to try and jockey for what they see as the proper path to follow. I will say at least at this point the MABRC is taking a stand and asking for reasonable proof of statements before allowing their forum to be used in any further communications.
Come back next time for the next episode of As the Squatch Turns.
Here are the links to previous episodes of "As the Squatch Turns" by Jeffrey Kelley:
- As the Squatch Turns S01E01 - Daisy is in the box
- As the Squatch Turns S01E02 - Ed Smith Answers Questions
- As the Squatch Turns S01E03 - Ed Smith comes forward with more details
- As the Squatch Turns S01E04 (Includes a video) - The Team is Set
- As the Squatch Turns S01E05 - The presumed promise
- As the Squatch Turns S01E06 - The Meeting is Set
- As the Squatch Turns S01E07 - The interrogation of Ed Smith