Some people think there is a connection between Bigfoot and missing persons cases (although Paulides probably doesn't.) Earlier today, while reading Tony Healy and Paul Cropper's 2006 book The Yowie: In Search of Australia's Bigfoot, I found a passage that reminded me of the Missing 411 reports.
The following is from The Yowie: In Search of Australia's Bigfoot, in a section about a man who lives right next to a huge wilderness area, and who claims Yowies frequent his property:
"Neil, logically enough, sought advice from the Aboriginal community. 'Eventually a well-known tribal elder [name withheld by request] from the south coast phoned me a couple of times. He started describing out place without ever having been there. He said things like 'How for from the swamp are you?' He knew what to ask, knew what he was talking about. He said Aborigines saw the creatures as 'the protectors of the environment'; they don't like trees being cut down or things being built. In fact, it did seem to act up when the neighbors put their fence in - and when we installed a high gate.
"'He told me a lot of things, but mainly to watch out in terms of the kids - that there was an association with young children. That was a bit scary. I asked him whether they would harm the kids, but he said 'No - they're just fascinated by them.' He asked if we'd ever lost and kids' clothing. I said 'No - but I've found some.' It turned out they belonged to a lady up the road. She said 'Something big' had been in her house at two o'clock in the morning. She'd heard the steps creaking under the weight as it went up, walked around the kitchen and went out again."
Anyone who has looked into Bigfoot or missing persons reports will see similarities between these Australian reports and the American ones. Even the Aboriginal view of Yowies as "protectors of the environment" matches that of Native American's and Sasquatch.
Neil, the man who reported this, also reported that his two year old daughter had seen a "man" with "long, yucky hair" that "needed cutting" behind their house in broad daylight. Neil went out with his dog, which sniffed around and immediately ran back to the house (something else that sounds like other Bigfoot and Yowie reports - dogs and big, hairy manlike things don't get along!)
This case of an Australian Yowie is eerily similar to reports of Bigfoot and missing persons cases from the United States. In his books, Paulides has noted that when young children go missing, they are usually found far away from where they disappeared from. They would have had to have traversed areas that they could not by themselves. And sometimes they are found missing clothes. Neil's observation of his dog acting strange after his daughter reported a "man" covered with hair in the hard is also similar to reports of dogs acting weird when a Bigfoot is around. And, as I noted earlier, the native people's views of Yowies as "protectors of the wilderness" is the same as Native's views in North America.
For me, this report was too similar to reports from the United States to ignore. It seems that Yowies and Bigfoots have much more in common than I thought… and, maybe they have something to do with missing persons cases…?