|Theresa Ann Bier|
Above: Bier, circa 1987
Editor’s Note: This is a post by Bigfoot Evidence contributor Vicki W.
Native American tribes spoke of the hairy giants who lived wild in the forests, eating fish raw like bears. Some legends held that the Sasquatch people traded with villagers, while some tribal traditions recognized them as spiritual beings with special duties as caretakers of nature. But there were also tribes who taught that the sasquatch people were a threat, warning that they would abduct children that wandered away from the villages. They gathered them into baskets and took them to their lair as dinner. Other tribes feared the wild men because they were known to make off with the occasional woman, capturing her as a mate.
16 year old Theresa Ann Bier of Fresno, CA ventured into the Central Sierras on a camping trip with 43 year old Russell 'Skip' Welch back in 1987. Welch said they were searching for Bigfoot. According to Welch, Bigfoot found them instead. When he returned to Fresno without Theresa, he told authorities that she had run away from him. Later, he changed his story, claiming that the teenager had been forcibly abducted by a sasquatch. Yep, you read it right. He really did say that.
Welch was charged with Bier's abduction in 1987, but the charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence. Authorities also hoped to preserve the opportunity to try him for murder should her body ever be discovered. Searches were held in the Shuteye Peak area but turned up nothing. Unfortunately, Theresa has never been found, and no one has been brought to justice regarding her disappearance. Authorities ask anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Theresa Ann Bier to please call the Fresno, CA police at (559) 621-7000.