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COUNTY: Washington County
LOCATION DETAILS: From SR 135, go to Dutch Creek Rd and from there, turn on to Falling Creek Rd.
NEAREST TOWN: New Pekin
NEAREST ROAD: State Road 135
OBSERVED: My sighting of what I believe to have been a sasquatch was quite brief, though I did get a decent look. My mother and I were visiting my aunt and I was asked to go out to the car to get my mother's cigarettes. I went outside and walked over to the car and grabbed the cigarettes. When I got back out of the car and went to close the door, I noticed something moving in the field next to my aunt's property. A very large and definitely bipedal animal was walking down the field towards the woods. It walked with a long and sort of slouched gait. It was either covered with really dark brown or black fur and had rather long arms that swung loosely as it moved. It crossed the distance of at least 200 feet in less than 20 seconds. As soon as it reached the woods, I walked into the house and must have sat for at least half an hour trying to process what I'd seen. I was only 13 at the time.
ALSO NOTICED: In the fields close to the area, I'd noticed several spots where something had bedded down. I just figured it was deer, but I did notice an unpleasant odor around them once or twice. Also, since reading through this and other sites concerning bigfoot research, I did notice some things in the woods. Groups of large sticks stacked in like a tent fashion. I just thought it was the kids in the area doing it, it could still be that.
OTHER WITNESSES: No other witnesses, I was only going out to the car to fetch something.
OTHER STORIES: I did hear that a couple years later some kids said that they were followed by a bigfoot near the woods just 1/4 of a mile down the road from where I had my sighting.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: The time was in the early afternoon and it was a clear, sunny day.
ENVIRONMENT: Overgrown field directly off to the right of the road. There was a small grove of trees near the field. Also across the road from these trees there was a few acres of woods with at least one small creek running through them.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
I spoke with the witness by phone. The distance was over a hundred yards but the witness stated that he could clearly see the animal.
The animal was dark brown in color, seven feet tall and very heavily built. It appeared to have weighed about four hundred pounds. The animal did not turn and look at the witness but just walked through the field and back into the woods. He was never able to see the face.
About BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
Stan Courtney has a special interest in wildlife audio recording. He has attended numerous BFRO Expeditions and travels throughout Illinois giving presentations on "Bigfoot In Illinois". See Stan's blog StanCourtney.com for recordings he has collected over the years.
Stan Courtney can be reached at email@example.com