OGDEN, Utah – “I found a fossilized Bigfoot skull.”

A journalist can go his or her entire life waiting to hear those six magic words. And yet, on a recent weekday afternoon, that’s what happened.

Todd May of Ogden dropped by the offices of the Standard-Examiner to see if someone would be interested in a story about a fairly impressive fossil find.

May proceeded out to his car, where he popped the hatchback on his Nissan 300 ZX and hefted a black piece of luggage that resembled an oversized bowling-ball bag. He struggled to pull a noggin-sized, seemingly ordinary rock out of the bag, held it up and turned it over.

A face. The rock looks vaguely like a smaller version of one of those Easter Island heads. Pronounced forehead. Large, flattened nose. What could only be described as a chiseled chin and jaw line.

It’s been about six weeks since May found the rock near the mouth of Ogden Canyon.

“I was looking for some fossils,” the 49-year-old “semi-retired” private investigator said, “and I was kind of drawn to something in the ground.”

It was a rock, sticking up out of the dirt.

“So I went and dug it out, and you couldn’t tell what it was ’cause the head was face down; all you could see was the back of it,” he said. “But when I dug it out you could see the face, perfect.”

May believes his weighty prize is a fossilized Bigfoot skull, because he says he has seen a couple of the non-fossilized, live skulls in recent years.

The first time was in April of 2011, just before dark one evening. May was “kicked back, enjoying the hot springs” near the mouth of Ogden Canyon when he spotted something emerge from the bushes just across the river. It was black with a silky coat, and it moved quickly, never looking over at May.

“My first thought was, ‘My heck, there’s a gorilla escaped from the zoo or something,’?” he said. “I thought, ‘What in the heck’s a gorilla doing?’ Then it dawned on me what it was.”

The only other time May has seen Bigfoot was about a month ago, in the same area. He was at the springs about 2 a.m., walking down the trail when he saw it, down in the trees by the water.

“I had the light on it, and I thought, ‘Oh my land,’ ” May said. “It was tall, it was big, it was big around – pretty good size. And it kind of looked back at me and I was just frozen.”