Bigfooter Buchanan Killed

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 16th, 2007


Heroes pass away in many ways. Sad news to pass along.

Known within the Bigfoot community as “SquatchCommando,” Dan Buchanan started showing up big, via online forums in 2007, arguing for a pro-Bigfoot position.

SquatchCommando was a Marine Corps veteran who encountered a Bigfoot while on a training mission at Quantico, Virginia. He had appeared recently on a internet radio show (“Let’s Talk Bigfoot”) discussing his experience, and it was apparent his Sasquatch searching and related activities were on the increase.

Buchanan was interested in hunting Bigfoot, but he advocated tranquilizing them and taking biological samples. He firmly told people he was not for killing or capturing them, but merely doing what needed to be done to prove they exist to others.

SquatchCommando wanted to do it his way.

Buchanan, only 41, was out apparently enjoying some music near Noblesville, Indiana, when he was hit and killed on August 14, 2007.

An Illinois man died Tuesday night [August 14, 2007] while walking outside the Verizon Wireless Music Center after the Ozzfest concert.

Danne D. Buchanan, 41, of Fisher, Ill., was walking south on Boden Road just north of 156th Street about 11:30 p.m. when he was struck by a 1993 Ford F-150 truck driven by Jerry R. Cook, 50, of Oakland City, Ind.

Hamilton County Sheriff Maj. Mark Bowen said in a press release that Cook was driving south on Boden Road on his way to the amphitheater to pick up a family member at the free concert, which 18,467 people attended.

Cook stated that he did not see either Buchanan or David Wall, also of Fisher, because the men who were walking together wore dark clothing. Cook also told officers that he was blinded by the headlights from the full lane of northbound traffic on Boden Road.

Cook’s truck struck Buchanan causing severe head and internal injuries, Bowen said. Buchanan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bowen said neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected as being a contributing factor to the accident, however, the Crash Investigation Team continues to investigate the incident. “Truck kills Illinois man leaving Ozzfest ,” by Katie Merle of the Noblesville Ledger, via the Indianapolis Star, August 15, 2007.

Cryptomundo’s deepest condolences to Dan Buchanan’s friends and family.

Thanks to Matt Knapp for sharing the intial news with his fellow hominologists.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

20 Responses to “Bigfooter Buchanan Killed”

  1. Ceroill responds:

    Another one, my goodness. As always my thoughts and best wishes are with his loved ones and friends.

  2. iftheshoefits responds:

    It’s very hard to find words to speak at times like these. Taken from us way to soon IMHO.

  3. Sammy_sasquatch responds:

    Semper Fi

  4. sschaper responds:

    Yeah, this is just. . . .
    condolences to the family and friends.

  5. kittenhuffer responds:

    His approach to gathering evidence of Bigfoot’s existence was admirable and humane.


  6. Kathy Strain responds:

    It was an honor to know Dan. My prayers are with his family. May he be in peace.

  7. Teresa Hall responds:

    Danne was not only a Marine Corp veteran he was a Force Recon Marine. He had a zest for life and for bigfoot. He’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the privilege to know. He touched everyone he met with his positive attitude and dedication to everything he believed in. He met every challenge head on with the determination to do the right thing even though it might not have been the easy thing.

    I will miss him.

    To listen to his encounter in his own words during the interview Melissa Hovey and I did with Danne on Let’s Talk Bigfoot click here.

    If you have trouble with that link please go to here to download the interview.

    Rest in peace my friend.

  8. YourPTR! responds:

    Such a shocking and tragic accident. 🙁 I’m sure he will be missed by many in the cryptozoological community. My sincerest condolences to all friends and family. May he R.I.P.

  9. twblack responds:

    Very sad.

  10. Lyndon responds:

    RIP SquatchCommando. I’m still saddened by this news.

  11. ddh1969 responds:

    41 years old. Survived the Marine Corps only to get taken out by a lousy truck. Ain’t that a damn shame.

    We thank you Dan and salute you. Rest In Peace.

  12. dialthree responds:

    OMG! Very sad news. I enjoyed reading his posts at the BFF. RIP.

  13. DWA responds:

    The sasquatch may not be as rare as those who are willing to come forward and advocate for him publicly.

    He can’t afford to lose even one of them.


  14. DARHOP responds:

    Sorry to hear this very sad news. Too young, just too dang young.

  15. scousequatch responds:

    My heart goes out to the family and friends.
    Seems like just yesterday I read Dan’s first posts on the BFF. Great stuff.

    RIP Dan.

  16. mfs responds:

    I honor and remember your memory Dan especially your committment and dedication to your work in wanting to prove the existence of America’s greatest cryptid. I know your work will be carried on by others with the same zeal and determination. I hope that one day all the hard work by you and many others will come to fruition. And thanks for your service to our country.

  17. Mike Smith responds:

    God Bless him and his family.

  18. twas brillig responds:

    I think the issue of “bigfoot” is much bigger, deeper and profound, than just simply trying to expose the existence of a new animal.

    Seems more than a coincidence to me that he was taken by an “accident”. I bet he was hit on purpose.

    “It contradicts what you’ll hear told to you by your rulers and the propaganda media they control, and I know that makes you uncomfortable. So uncomfortable, in fact, that many of you are unable to face the true monstrosity of the reality of your rulers and your only recourse is to retreat back to what makes you the most comfortable, the cozy lies spun around you by those who couldn’t care less if you live or die.”

    “No matter how paranoid you are, what they’re actually doing is worse than you can possibily imagine!” . . . Ralph Gleason

  19. bill green responds:

    hey craig, loren, & everyone I’m deeply sadden for the passing of a great friend & researcher danne buchanan but he is in heaven now he will always be with us all here in spirit. god bless bill green 🙁 🙂

  20. Mnynames responds:

    Twas Brillig, to turn the local myopic 50-year-old picking up his grandkid (or whoever) from an Ozzfest concert into a death-dealing agent of the New World Order does a great disservice to all concerned, I feel. I can understand your desire to find some sort of deeper meaning in this otherwise meaningless, random accident, for it is human nature to try to find some sort of pattern in the static. Killed by a temporarily blinded driver while walking on the side of the road seems such a pointless way to go, but assassinated by agents of the great conspiracy? That makes his death noble, gives purpose to the act.

    Sadly, we DO live in a random and uncaring universe, whose only purpose is whatever we choose to apply to it. Some saints will die today, some demons will live until ripe old age, unrepentant for their sins. The numbers rarely seem even, and almost never just. The universe doesn’t care, it’s just a roll of the dice, count the numbers and move on.

    What I think you fail to realize is that it is not whether or not his death held meaning and purpose that is important, but rather whether his life did.

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