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COUNTY: Snohomish County
LOCATION DETAILS: 3/4 of a mile out of town, along a creek that runs into the Pilchuck River.
NEAREST TOWN: Machias
NEAREST ROAD: OKMill
OBSERVED: At 10PM, sounds were heard from large animal in back yard in a corn garden. Next day a large 16-17" footprint was found. Several ears of corn were missing from the top of some of the 9' tall corn plants, husks were found on the ground. Picture was taken of the track.
ALSO NOTICED: Dogs did not bark as usual when something is in the yard.
OTHER WITNESSES: 1 to the sound, smoking in the living room, about 20' up from the back yard ground level, 3 to the footprint, daughter Alexis and next door neighbor.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Clear, cold, dark night
ENVIRONMENT: 5 acre property bordering 65 acres of forest. Creek has spawning salmon
A & G References: Pg. 79, A8
Follow-up investigation report:
I went to the residence where this report came from and interviewed N.B., from her living room where she heard the sounds that night. It is about 20' above the corn patch, a small spawning creek another 100' further back into the woods.
The soil conditions did not lend itself well in holding tracks, and a neighbor decided to kick at the track before N.B. was able to take a picture of it. She gave me the picture and an enlargement of it. It is very difficult to make out clearly in the photo.
This is the area where a tape was made by L.W., which sounds very similar to the Puyallup recordings. That was back in 1988, just down the road. The area has changed but not much.