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COUNTY: Allegheny County
LOCATION DETAILS: A steadily disappearing forested area near Pittsburgh International Airport. Road names withheld at the request of the witness.
NEAREST TOWN: Moon Twp
NEAREST ROAD: Flaugherty Run Rd
OBSERVED: It was about 430 am and I had just settled into my treestand for a day of hunting. It was extremely quiet which was the first thing that I noticed. It was going on about 500 when I heard what sounded like a log being hit with another log. I brushed it off as something going on up at the new construction site on top of the hill. About 520 am I heard something walking back and to my left toward the top of the hill I was sitting on. I was about 1/4 of the way up the hill and this was near the top where I heard it. I knew the walking was bipedal and at this point in time I got very angry about somebody tresspassing and ruining my day of deer hunting.
As the noise got closer the sun was just up enough I could skyline this huge "man" walking across the top of the ridge. I looked at him through my binos and well it wasn't any man. I know this bigfoot had to be 7' 5" tall and at least 650 lbs. He was dark brown or black in color unable to tell exactly due to lighting issues. I wasn't able to make out facial features. His hair was maybe 2 inches long and his hands were definitely below knee level. I put my binos down and it was then he must have noticed something and within 3 strides he disappeared into the grapevine thicket. The entire actual sighting lasted maybe 15 seconds.
ALSO NOTICED: Just the sticks banging together in my own online research I have found this to be common though.
OTHER WITNESSES: Unfortunately no.
OTHER STORIES: In about 2005 while out spotting heard a loud scream that lasted 5 seconds but that was all.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Sunrise. Started with the knocking at 430 AM
ENVIRONMENT: Hardwoods with a creekbottom below to my right.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Robert J Gorny:
I spoke with the witness by phone and he had some details to add to the report:
* The witness saw the figure at a distance of approximately 275-300 yards.
* There have been other times while hunting in the same area when the witness felt like he was being watched.
* A neighbor of the witness has described hearing "hyena laughter" on occasion behind her house.
* The father of the witness was chopping wood one afternoon when a number of rocks were thrown in his direction. He thought it was his son, but his son was not in the area where the rocks were coming from.
* The location is less than 2 miles from the property of the Pittsburgh International Airport.
I plan on visiting the area with the witness to look for any signs of ongoing activity.
About BFRO Investigator Robert J Gorny:
Robert J. Gorny works in the transportation industry and has attended seven BFRO expeditions, in addition to numerous independent expeditions since 2006. Robert also taught a non-credit course on Sasquatch at a local community college in 2008.