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COUNTY: Sebastian County
LOCATION DETAILS: We were heading east toward Booneville Lake.
NEAREST TOWN: Milltown
NEAREST ROAD: Old highway 10.
OBSERVED: It was was around fall of 1986,I and my friends were 16 years of age. My friend had a relative visiting from the big city life of Florida, so me having a crush on her. Me and my friend took her for a ride out in the country back roads so I could mengal and get to know her. It was kind of the Dukes of Hazard atmosphere on a dirt road for miles going to a lake. There was a hill on the left side with alot of trees and pasture on the right side with a barbwire fence. I was driving a little old ford ranger pick-up truck with a stick shift in the middle. She was in the middle and my friend was on the passenger side. Me being a teenage boy thinking it would be cool to scare her (thinking that will make her like me.) I turned the head lights off and when I looked up I saw it walking across the road a distance ahead of us toward the pasture. The girl went balistic screaming and climbing all around making it hard for me to get to the lights. That was the only time I saw it because I was struggling for the lights looking down. I did see it for about 5 seconds and I was traveling at about 40 mph. I was totaly stunned by what I saw and my friend was trying to get her to come down, she just kept on screaming. When she did stop she kept on crying asking us over and over if we seen it. When she told us what she seen it was the exact same thing that I saw. My friend told her she was crazy until I told him I saw it too. After that we skipped the lake and didn't go back for about a year and a half. It is still like a film in my mind today.
ALSO NOTICED: The description: 6 feet, pretty hairy, but not outrageous like the movies. arms a little bit longer than normal but not much. walked with a bounce, but maybe because that was with a vehicle coming up on him. The headlights didn't blind him like a deer. He looked at the truck with kind of quick glimpses when he was walking across the road.
OTHER WITNESSES: Two friends was with me but only one saw it because the other one was to busy trying to get the girl to calm down.
OTHER STORIES: No sorry, but I don't really brag about mine either. It really does make your skin crawl and give you chills when you start to remember it.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Night time, clear with a bright moon, nice weather.
ENVIRONMENT: Trees on the left on the hill with trees were the barbwire fence was, with open pasture with some trees scattered in it.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
I spoke with the witness by phone. He related to me how the animal came out of the ditch and across the road about eighty feet in front of their vehicle.
He stated that the animal was always walking upright somewhat similiar to a human. It was about six feet tall, dark colored and had a hairy face. He was unable to make out any facial details. The animal took several steps and was across the road.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org