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DATE: don't remember
COUNTY: Benzie County
NEAREST TOWN: Benzonia
NEAREST ROAD: M115 east
OBSERVED: It was early in the morning, I think around 6am. This happened to me in about 1984, it was in the fall. I was going to school at the time, and I'd have to walk about a 1/4 mile to get on the bus. That morning it was dark, and I was waiting for the school bus, I was alone. I was facing the roads and to the left in back of me was a grove of woods. I was standing there and I heard very heavy footsteps in the dried leaves. I moved down the road about 6-10 feet and it took about two more steps. Whatever it was, it was watching me. I was very scared. So I thought I'd walk down to the next bus stop, which was about 1/4 mile away. When I started walking, then I seen the school bus was coming. So I ran back to meet the bus and when the bus stopped to pick me up, I heard a growl behind me in the woods. That day when I came home from school, I looked all around for anything, and I could not find anything. I do know that whatever it was, it was watching me.
ALSO NOTICED: a growl
OTHER WITNESSES: no
OTHER STORIES: no
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was early in the morning about 6am, it was still very dark out, it was cold,a little damp
ENVIRONMENT: On the edge of a grove of woods not too far off the road.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Eric Lester:
I spoke to the witness by phone, and obtained a few more details of what happened to him. When this occurred, he was 16 years old, and was alone waiting for the bus. When he heard the footsteps, he could tell it was from something big and bipedal; he could hear the crunching of leaves underfoot as it walked, and estimated it to be 20-30 feet behind him in the woods. As the witness moved along the road, the creature paced him in the woods. While boarding the bus, he heard a deep growl behind him in the woods.
His ordeal lasted about 15-20 minutes, and he was very frightened of the whole experience.
The general environment is wooded, with sparse fields around the area.
About BFRO Investigator Eric Lester:
Eric Lester is a medical professional and has been investigating possible Sasquatch sightings since 2004.
BFRO expeditions include:
- 2005 CA Redwoods Expedition
- 2006 Ohio Expedition
- 2006 Wisconsin II Expedition
- 2006 West Virginia Expedition (Pocahontas County)
- 2007 Michigan UP, Utah, Arkansas
- 2008 Texas, W. Virginia, Michigan U.P.
- 2009 Tennessee, Wisconsin, Michigan U.P., Oklahoma
- 2010 private expeditions in Illinois/Iowa
- 2011 Minnesota, private expeditions in Illinois/Iowa
- 2012 private expeditions in Indiana/Iowa
- 2013 private expeditions in Indiana
- 2014 Iowa, Kentucky expeditions
- 2016 Iowa expedition