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Todd/Diane Neiss

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Todd/Diane Neiss

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Eyewitness turned researcher, Todd Neiss is an Active Duty Staff Sergeant in the Oregon Army National Guard; and a veteran of the Iraq War. He founded the “American Primate Foundation” in 1998. Once married to Diane Stocking, they decided to combine their research and renamed the foundation, the “American Primate Conservancy.” Actively researching these elusive creatures for over two decades, Neiss has been the subject of many television shows and documentaries and has been a featured speaker at numerous Bigfoot conferences across the U.S. and Canada. He holds an Associate of Arts degree in Multi-Disciplinary Studies from Grantham University. Diane Stocking Neiss is currently employed by the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) and founded “Stocking Hominid Research” in 2007. She too has given lectures at various conferences as well as appeared on television. Diane became interested in Bigfoot at a very young age and went on to conduct research in the Southeastern United States as far back as 1974. She co-authored the cryptozoological book “Elementum Bestia” in 2007. After visiting the Pacific Northwest in the 1990s, Stocking ultimately moved to Oregon, where she continues her research with her husband Todd. Diane holds an Associate of Science degree in Forestry from Lake City Forestry College in Florida. Todd & Diane Neiss live aboard a 42-foot motor yacht christened “Jadoo Shikari” (Hindu for “Mystery Hunter”) in Portland Oregon. Upon retiring, they plan to utilize the yacht as a research vessel; exploring the numerous wilderness inlets along the British Columbian coastline in search of Bigfoot. Equipped with a mast mounted remote-controlled FLIR camera and an advanced drone, they intend to explore intercostal islands and scour the shorelines and interior tributaries for any evidence of these elusive creatures. Together they host a unique, invitation-only, annual retreat for international Bigfoot researchers in the temperate rainforests of the Oregon Coast Range. Dubbed “Beachfoot”, it provides researchers the opportunity to gather for four days in a casual setting to socialize, network, and share their research without the distraction of an audience, media or vendors. Beachfoot has attracted researchers from five countries and nearly every state in the U.S. This year they will mark their 9th annual gathering. For more information on Beachfoot, please check out their Facebook page simply entitled “Beachfoot” for pictures and commentary about the gathering. Also feel free to visit their webpage at www.americanprimate.com. They can be reached via e-mail at americanprimate@aol.com or dstocking@yahoo.com.