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STATE: West Virginia
COUNTY: Nicholas County
LOCATION DETAILS: Near the Nicholas Webster county line. About 1.5 miles down railroad tacks
NEAREST TOWN: Richwood
OBSERVED: It was back in 1987 in the summer. Myself and two friends went back to an old swimming hole to hang out for the day - Krofford Hole on the Gauley River to be exact. After a few hours of fishing and swimming we all were laying out on a big rock beside the water. During that time our dogs were playing around making alot of noise. After awhile I noticed it got really quiet. I sat up and started looking around. Across the river directly from us was a small clearing beside the water. A large 2 legged animal, dark brown in color, stood there like it was looking back at us. The dogs just stood there staring over at it not making a sound or a move. After about 2 minutes it turned and went up over the river bank. We could hear it moving up the hillside unti it was gone. The next day we went back to the other side where it was standing. I estimated by tree limbs over us it had to be at least 7 feet tall. I'll never forget the silence of the woods that day. Nor will I ever forget how it seemed to just stand there looking back. My two buddies never wanted it to be known what we saw that day. But I saw the other sighting report from near the same area.
My father and some of his friends used to set around and talk about all the strange things they have seen in the area while hunting or hiking. Could there be a connection? I'm a believer now and always will be. A few of my other friends from school used to do alot of hunting in the woods above Richwood.They have told me other similar events. Such as smells, footprints, and noises, But none of them had ever said they actually saw something. I havn't seen or heard from the two buddies I was with that day in years but I'm willing to bet they haven't forgot either.
ALSO NOTICED: The area I saw this is more or less the same mountain range the other sighting was from this site.
OTHER WITNESSES: 3 of us all together. We were all just laying out in the sun after some swimming.
OTHER STORIES: One night a freind andhis girlfreind were up at Big Ditch Lake. They claim a similar creature came up to their blazer and walked past the passenger side windows
TIME AND CONDITIONS: noon sunny day warm wind.
ENVIRONMENT: to get there , go to the old Ileandale railroad stationacross train bridge, just follow the tracks.
Follow-up investigation report:
This investigator is maintaining contact with the witness and we are trying to track down the friends he was with that day.