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STATE: West Virginia
COUNTY: Tyler County
NEAREST TOWN: Middlebourne
NEAREST ROAD: County road 22
OBSERVED: It was a warm June afternoon when my dog Sadie and I went for a walk back in the woods on our property. After we walked threw the woods on our property i decided to take the gravel road the mile or so back home instead of traveling threw the woods again. I got a half mile away from the house when i kept hearing something like a rock or a branch hitting against a tree. At first i thought it was just animals or my husband goofing off in the woods to scare me. When i reached where i thought the noise was coming from i stopped and was looking up into the woods, but i couldnt see anything, so i proceed to yell, ha ha very funny because like i said i thought it was my husband. Well the banging got louder then stopped completly. I got the feeling something was watching me so i told Sadie lets go girl and started to walk a little faster. Just then a fairly sized rock came whizzing out of the woods and just missed me. I stopped looked in the woods because i couldnt believe what just happend, but i still couldnt see anything. So, i really started to pick up the pace just then another rock came flying out of the woods and just missed me. By the time all this happend i was at the bend in the road and i looked up in the hollar where the last rock had come from when something i can not explain let out the awfulest low growl then scream i have ever heard. It scared me and Sadie so bad we took off running and i dont think i felt the ground under my feet i was running so fast. I told my husband about it when i got home and realized it was not him he had been there the whole time. A few days later he convinced me to take him back where it all happend and along side the road was a foot print that was fairly large but shaped different. I have not adventured back there since then and really dont care to.
ALSO NOTICED: none that i know of
OTHER WITNESSES: just me and my dog
TIME AND CONDITIONS: late afternoon. lighting conditions were good with shaded area in the woods. hot and sunny weather.
ENVIRONMENT: heavily wooded area with the road running threw it
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Pam Lovins:
I spoke with the witness by phone and found her to be credible. She was and remains frightened by her experience. The witness went on to add that the woods were unusually quiet and her dog was behaving somewhat nervously. She also reported a strong "dirty wet dog" smell in the area.
I have asked her to keep us updated for any further encounters she or her family experiences.
About BFRO Investigator Pam Lovins:
Pam is a health care provider credentialing specialist. She attended the 2005 West Virginia expedition and attended the 2006 Ohio Expedition.