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COUNTY: Snohomish County
LOCATION DETAILS: Hannon Lake is SE of Monroe. From Hgy 203 turn onto High Rock Rd, then onto Lake Fontel Road. The road is presently gated about 1 mile from Hannon Lake, Lake Fontel is about 1/4 mile beyond.
NEAREST TOWN: Monroe
NEAREST ROAD: Fontel Road
OBSERVED: Submitted on behalf of the witnesses, husband and wife, with their permission.
This was the couple's first summer in WA and they had out of state guests. They wanted to show them NW wilderness and took them to Hannon Lake which was difficult to get to on a beat up logging road. The couple, a brother, and cousin rowed around the lake together in a boat while others remained on shore. The boat passed in view of a cove while still in site of the shore party.
A creature was standing in knee deep water in the back of the cove facing outward but bent over splashing water on its chest the way a person tests the temperaure before getting in. Someone said "WHAT IS THAT?" Altogether the boaters looked to shore and the creature straightened and looked directly at them. Without hesitation or hurry it turned and walked out of the lake and into the woods. The boaters rowed over to the shore intending to see what might be found. They abandoned the effort when the boat got into murky, weed choked water. The shore was covered by dense trees and was creepy under the circumstances. The sighting distance was about 100 yds.
The creature is described as having a uniform length of thick auburn-brown hair all over except for the mouth and eyes. It was 7+ ft. in height with a massive, muscular bulk and proportional build. S. had the impression it was male due to its thick coat, no genitalia were seen. The head was oval, possibly peaked.
ALSO NOTICED: JA noticed it did not register fear and seemed "very unimpressed by us". It should have sunk deep into the lake muck but walked out with no effort. There was no odor, shaking of trees, or sounds. JA did not feel threatened but rather a sense of awe. JA has hunted these woods for years since but never seen other evidence. S saw the Patterson film later and immediately recognized the creature's similarity to Patty.
OTHER WITNESSES: Four in the boat, the shore party could not see into the cove from their position.
OTHER STORIES: A leading citizen of Monroe, now deceased, related to JA's brother that a Big Foot had been shot and killed by loggers near the lake in the 1920's. No further details are known.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Mid-afternoon, a beautiful, sunny summer day.
ENVIRONMENT: The lake was surrounded by miles of mature forest and was seldom visited a that time. It is only accessible by one road which continues past the lakes to extensive logging loads typical of this country. The area is lowland with numerous marshes punctuated by steep round hills. The area does not receive persistent snow cover. The land has since been logged and a large church camp built along the shore. The forest was replanted and appears to be about 10 years old. The state map indicates Hannon Lake has fish but State Fish & Game does not list it as a fishing lake possibly because it is now privately owned.
A & G References: WA. A&G P 80 B2
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Jim Von Lossow:
I have spoken with JA and S by phone. Both have recalled the events of the day separately, and with excellent detail.
Additional Comments: Length of hair 6", shorter on the head and chest, no neck, appearance of beard, no hair around eyes or nose, huge hands, walked or waded bent over, not fully upright, with large strides.
About BFRO Investigator Jim Von Lossow:
Small Business Owner
Special Interest in Field Sound Recording
Attended the Washington (Oly Pen -2) expedition.