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COUNTY: Greenup County
LOCATION DETAILS: I lived in a hollow during this incident. It had one paved road and several gravel roads. all of the gravel roads are surrounded with trees.
NEAREST TOWN: Flatwoods
NEAREST ROAD: Turley Ave.
OBSERVED: It was approximately 11:00 P.M. Me and a friend of mine were walking down a gravel road near my house. We observed a large object in the middle of the road about 200 yards from our position. It looked similar to a large ball or something. My first thought was that it was maybe a tree stump or a large rock was in the middle of the road. Then I began to wonder how such a large object ended up in the road to begin with. We continued walking towards the object. Once we were within 100 yards of this thing, we observed this large black creature rise up from a crouched position and face us. This thing had to have been at least 8 feet tall. We could not make out any distinguishing features, but we did see that it was black, and appeared to have fur that sort of glistened in the moonlight. When we saw this creature, we immediately froze (we were petrified) and observed it for about 20 seconds. I believe it was looking at us but I can't say for sure because it was so dark. After that, it turned and walked into the woods next to the road. After it walked into the woods, my friend and I turned around and ran pretty fast to get away from the area.
ALSO NOTICED: Every once in a while, quite a few people, including myself, would hear a strange howling sound similar to the recording at this link. http://www.bfro.net/AVEVID/MJM/ohrec.asp
OTHER WITNESSES: My friend observed the creature.
OTHER STORIES: My neighbor said that one night he was standing at his kitchen sink and he glimpsed out of the window something that was as tall as him. The house he was in had a very high foundation (three cinder blocks above ground) and he was 6'2" himself. So that's pretty tall.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was approximately 11.00 P.M. A clear, very cold and clear night with a full moon.
ENVIRONMENT: The wooded area is temperate decidious forest. A creek flows through the hollow where the incident occurred.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Harold Benny:
I spoke with the witness by phone and found him to be credible. He was able to add the following to his report:
1.) The animal was very large and probably
weighed over 500 pounds.
2.) As it rapidly walked off to the West, he
noticed that it had very long arms.
3.) There was a street light adding illumination
several yards behind the creature.
4.) Several old mining tunnels are a short
distance to the Northwest.
5.) The occasional high pitched howls heard
in the neighborhood would last about ten
seconds and continue for up to thirty minutes.
The link to a recording he is referring to is the
1994 Ohio - Moaning Howl.
6.) The story he told about his neighbor's sighting
took place in the same area.
About BFRO Investigator Harold Benny:
Harold Benny holds two degrees in Zoology and was a Biology teacher for several years. He participated in the following BFRO expeditions: Michigan UP 07, Arkansas I 07, Arkansas II (Oklahoma) 07, N. Florida 08, Missouri 08, Tennessee 09, and Ohio 09. Harold has organized several private Illinois expeditions and in 2006 recieved the IDNR Volunteer Of The Year Award as part of the Montgomery Co. Hunter Education group.