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COUNTY: McDonough County
LOCATION DETAILS: Pastures and a lake to the south. Pastures and fields to the north. A road, field and a forest to the east. A forest to the west.
NEAREST TOWN: Vermont
NEAREST ROAD: Elk Road
OBSERVED: It was in 2004. I told my husband at the time I saw sasquach (not sure if I am spelling it right). He laughed and said I was nuts, so I really never brought it up again until.... 2 days ago I saw on the news reported sighting of a bigfoot in Central IL.
I did not come face to face with him thank God. I caught him running. I could see his backside big tall and hairy, very hairy. I was at my home on the Fulton - McDonough County line. We lived near Vermont Lake easy walking distance down a gravel road right off Elk Road. I was outside doing my chores feeding the horses. We lived near forests all around all sides (Vermont Lake as our backyard). We lived atop a small hill slope with a gully running all around.
I saw him come out of the woods to the west and run very fast through our pasture and back into the woods. I saw him jump the creek which seemed to me impossible, too far, but he did and ran up the hill back north and he was gone. I have never seen him again.
OTHER WITNESSES: no
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was around 4:00 p.m. Slightly windy and cold. It was very sunny and bright.
ENVIRONMENT: There is a gully that runs arround our property line. A creek runs through the gully about 20-25 feet across. Fields all around. A lake about 1/2 mile south.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
I spoke with the witness by phone.
The following additional details can be added to the report:
- the animal was seen running through a pasture and into the woods at a distance of about 200 feet.
- It was about 7 feet tall and weighed about 250 pounds.
- It took long strides as it quickly ran across the pasture.
- The hair was dark brownish gray in color and was fairly long.
- The witness could not see the face and no neck was visible (just head and shoulders.)
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