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COUNTY: Carroll County
LOCATION DETAILS: Top of Brush Creek mountain - highway 94 from Fries toward Fort Chiswell. Open field on right with forest in the distance.
NEAREST TOWN: 5 miles from Fries and 17 miles from Fort Chiswell
NEAREST ROAD: State highway 94
OBSERVED: My ex-wife and I were driving on highway 94 in Carroll county, VA about 3-4 miles from the Wythe county line. We were returning from a Christmas shopping night in West Virginia. It was around midnight. I was driving and she was in the passenger seat talking away as usual, when all of a sudden we came upon something standing upright in a field off to the left.
I slowed to a stop and asked my ex what the hell is that? She couldn't say a word. We observed the thing for about 10 minutes from the side of the road. I am a deer hunter and used a spotlight to help illuminate the moonless night. The thing was at least 8 foot tall and had to top 500lbs.
We never talked about this to anyone for fear of being called crazy. This is the first time i have ever breathed a word about it. I heard of other sightings in this area but had never encountered it until that night.
ALSO NOTICED: Didn't get out of the car or return the next day. As far as i know, this is private property.
OTHER WITNESSES: Ex-wife who as far as i know has never and will not speak about it.
OTHER STORIES: Heard of other accounts such as sightings and howls in this area and the counties of: Grayson, Wythe, and Bland which either connect with Carroll or are near by.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Around midnight, a moonless extremely cold Virginia mountain night.
ENVIRONMENT: Open field few trees hillside 25-30 yards from the highway. Near an old store, once known as Shepard's Store.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stephen Willis:
Fifteen years have passed since his sighting, but his observations are still vivid.
The witness describes sighting a creature over eight feet tall and very heavy. The creature stood only about 80 feet away and was illuminated by a hand held spotlight.
He described the face as between dark gray and black, with the body covered in rust colored hair. The hair was long and unkempt but not matted. When first sighted, the creature was standing by a four-strand, barbed wire fence. He reported the height was about 3½ feet taller than the fence.
The creature shielded its eyes, attempting to see what the witness was doing. It turned and walked 3 – 4 steps and repeated the attempt to watch the witness. It looked back at the witness periodically, during its slow walk back to the treeline, which he estimates took about 10 minutes.
The witness was impressed by how casual the creature seemed.
He said his ex-wife doesn't want to discuss the incident.
About BFRO Investigator Stephen Willis:
Grew up in central West Virginia. Retired from the US Army in 2003. Small manufacturing business owner. Lived for almost 7 years in Germany and 1.5 years in the Mideast.