FOUKE, Ark. — The infamous Boggy Creek Monster, also known as the Fouke Monster, is now patrolling for crime here.
The City of Fouke recently needed to replace one of its patrol cars and the car has been outfitted with an emblem of its favorite homegrown monster.
The emblem says "Fouke Arkansas. Home of the Boggy Creek Monster."
"Here we go again &hellip: Fouke is back on the map," said Fouke Mayor Terry Purvis.
The Boggy Creek Monster is the elusive creature that put Fouke in the spotlight with the movie "Legend of Boggy Creek."
Shot in the early 1970s, "The Legend of Boggy Creek," became a cult hit for Texarkana resident Charles B. Pierce. Pierce also directed "The Town that Dreaded Sundown" and other independent films.
The movie is based on real-life encounters between Fouke residents and the monster that supposedly roamed the swamps and woods around Fouke.
In 2018, Pierce's daughter Pamula Pierce Barcelou gained copyright to the film and restored it for re-release.
The Fouke Police Department consists of two part-time city marshals, Wesley Penny and Art Paris.
"We have two and we are blessed to have them," Purvis said.
Penny will be driving the new patrol car, a 2020 Dodge Charger.
"His car was getting worn out and after we bought a new patrol car, we were trying to decide what type of logo on it, Purvis said.
Priority Emergency Vehicles, a company based in Fouke, that re-manufactures ambulances, painted the emblem on the car.
"We wanted to put the Boggy Creek monster on it in some way. We were throwing ideas around with the ambulance company and they came up with this cool design. We were just ecstatic," Purvis said.
The reaction from everyone has been positive. Photos of the car that Purvis posted on Facebook have gone viral.
"It's been totally positive. People love it," Purvis said.
Pamula Pierce Barcelou has shared the photos on social media.
Groups dedicated to finding the monster have also posted about it.
"It's good for tourism. We get a lot of people come here from all over because of the monster. People come from England to see the Fouke Monster. It's fun, the mystery of it," Purvis said.