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Report # 15007  (Class A)
Submitted by witness on Monday, June 19, 2006.
Daylight sighting by resident near Vermont Lake

YEAR: 2004


MONTH: September

DATE: 11

STATE: Illinois

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.



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.


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. See Stan's blog for recordings he has collected over the years.

Stan Courtney can be reached at