Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 18th, 2006
Jason Valenti and Star Sams are well-known Bigfoot researchers in Washington State. Many of us got to meet them for the first time after Jason decided to organize the Sasquatch Research Conference held at Bellingham, Washington, on May 27-29, 2005. The event was successfully hosted by Jason Valenti and Star Sams, along with assistance from Paul Smith and others. I was happy to be one of their guests and speak at the gathering.
Sadly, the terrible news has reached Cryptomundo that Jason’s wife, Star, has died in a car crash on August 15, 2006. Our deepest empathy and sympathy to Jason, his and Star’s family and friends. This is shocking.
Photo courtesy KOMO-TV. August 17, 2006.
See The Bellingham Herald August 17, 2006
Woman dies in crash on Chuckanut
SUV goes over cliff near county line
A Bellingham woman died Wednesday evening when her car plunged off the side of Chuckanut Drive, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Star C. Sams, 37, was driving her sport utility vehicle south on Chuckanut near the Whatcom County line with Skagit County about 7:30 p.m.
Near the Clayton Beach trailhead, where the road curves to the left, her vehicle didn’t make the turn.
Instead it went right, traveling off the road and down the cliff, according to the State Patrol.
Rescuers made their way to the car but found Sams already dead. No one else was in the vehicle.
Please send cards of sympathy to: Jason Valenti 4225 Wintergreen Circle #255 Bellingham, WA 98226
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.