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COUNTY: Franklin County
LOCATION DETAILS: right past the sulfur river bottom on hwy37
NEAREST TOWN: hagansport,texas
NEAREST ROAD: hwy 37
OBSERVED: i was driving south bound on hwy 37 from bogata texas at about 1am with my girlfriend and another friend headed toward mount vernon texas.Hwy37 there is a what i call a wide 2 lane road (it is 2 lanes but has a wide shoulder lane on both sides) when i saw something in my peripheal vision moving fast.i didnt slam on my brake but took my foot off the gas pedal thinking oh **** a deer but when it came out of the ditch it lept into the middle of the road and was now in full view of our bright lights i realized it was no deer!it was big black and long haired landed in full stride and it was then when it launched its self not straight across the road but angled back toward us. it used its arm to push or pull it forward.that is when i realized its other arm had ROTATED all the way around like a pitcher warming up all the way around over its head. its head was down turned away from the light so i did not see its face.but my friend did as it went past the other side of the car and he said it looked right at him turning its head up and back at us like damn what hell was that.we where all silent for a split second or two still processing what had just happened when all at once we yelled WHAT the **** was that.no one in the car was impaired in anyway.we all saw the same thing which was a large ape like animal run or leap in front of us.i will take ANY lie dector test are any other test but WE DID SEE EXACTLY THAT PERIOD END OF STORY.
ALSO NOTICED: i can tell you better than i can write it i aint that great a writer .but i do no what we saw that night . i dont care one way our the other.but dont stop your hunt because whether people beleive it are not it is out there for sure.
OTHER WITNESSES: yes 2 and we where all quite at the time radio off looking staight ahead
OTHER STORIES: sure ask around you will see
TIME AND CONDITIONS: night,my head lights which where on bright it was a clear night
ENVIRONMENT: bottom land ,sulfur river just past where they say their is a giant log jam on sulfur river
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Sybilla Irwin:
The witness was interviewed by phone on 5/04/08 and provided the following additional details/observations:
The witness reported that the animal he viewed was rapidly coming up a graded incline at an angle from behind them, as if to cut off distance to cover more ground. He believes the animal was chasing down its prey which had possibly crossed the road unseen in front of them. The animal he observed was estimated to be 7ft tall, weighing possibly 350lbs. He described it as being very agile and extremely fast, commenting, "Don't think you are going to out run it".
The animal was viewed from a distance of approximately 20 to 30 feet. Its hair was blackish brown in color. It was muddy, and matted, and had a shaggy, stringy appearance. He compared the hair to a sheepdog or wolf.
He noted that when it landed he could clearly see the structure and distinct muscle definition of its legs. The arms were very long and lanky. He reported that what he saw was ape or gorilla-like but was distinctly more upright, with its shoulders back.
He was struck by the way the arm rotated over the top of its head in a full 360 degrees as the animal launched itself off, seemingly from its knuckles, at an angle not straight across the road but back at an angle towards them. It then disappeared down the grade on the other side of the road. The length of the sighting is estimated to be 5 - 7 seconds in duration.
His girlfriend, who was also a witness, was present at the time of our phone conversation. He consulted with her on multiple questions, also providing feedback about the sighting.
He wanted to stop and investigate but his passengers were not in agreement with him, so they continued on. They were in shock at what they had seen and they talked excitedly using "colorful" language. He was adamant about what he saw that night, stating that he doesn't care what anyone else believes, he knows what he saw.
We talked briefly about other sightings he knew of in the area, people who also had sightings in the county close to him. I found the witness to be very credible.
About BFRO Investigator Sybilla Irwin:
• Bachelor of Arts Degree from Texas A&M University
• Self employed Artist
• Professional stained glass artist and teacher.
• Professional event Photographer
• Fine artist. (Oils, pastels, & watercolor) Wildlife, Portraiture, Landscape, and sketches of Sasquatch for investigators and witnesses.
• Attended Texas Expedition 2008, Colorado Expedition 2008, Oklahoma Expedition 2008 and numerous private expeditions. She has attended: Michigan UP Expedition 2009, Utah Expedition 2009,Wyoming Expedition 2009, Colorado Expedition 2009 attended the Oklahoma Expedition 2009. In 2010 she attendee BFRO 'Investigator Only' expeditions in Texas and Colorado. She attended the
Colorado Expedition 2011. She Co-lead the BFRO's first all female expedition held in November Texas Expedition 2011. She lead and organized the recent Texas Expedition 2012.