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COUNTY: Kern County
LOCATION DETAILS: The Sound originated at higher elevation than ours. to the south of us. Distant was unavailble to us
NEAREST TOWN: Inyokern Cailfornia
NEAREST ROAD: California Highway 14
OBSERVED: I lived in the High Desert of California in Ridgecrest, CA in Kern County from 1980 to 1985. I did a lot of hiking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I never saw or heard anything unusual during that time. MY Mom, Sister (& Family), and Brother and his Family still live there.
My 19 year old son and I were visiting various family members from Sept 17 through Sept 27 2007 in Ridgecrest, CA. My sister took me and my son up to the Siebert family gold mine, cabin, and mining equipment on the 24th of September. We had spent about an hour at this location and we were preparing to leave.
My sister was in the Port-a-Potty and my son and I heard this high pitch scream like a woman hollering, and it sounded just like the ones we heard on your sight. Just like the sound that was reported in the BFRO Report # 9426 (Class B), which is only 7 miles from that site.
We yelled back thinking it was a woman in trouble and there was no reply. I asked my sister if she heard it she said no. I told her what we heard and she told me that she had horse backed and hiked through this area and had never heard anything that would make that kind of sound. She has lived and in this area since 1980. I asked her Husband who’s an avid hunter, horseback trail rider and hiker in these mountains and he said that he knew of no animal that made a high pitch scream in this area. My brother- in-law also has lived in Ridgecrest, CA area all of his life.
In searching for the animal that made this sound on the internet, I found this site with the sound that I had heard. It is located in Kern County, up Indian Wells Canyon Rd, off California Highway 14, at Latitude 35°41'47.44"and Longitude N117°57'54.36"W, near Owens Peak.
ALSO NOTICED: Nothing
OTHER WITNESSES: Yes my son. We were talking about the old mining camp.
OTHER STORIES: Yes, from your site BFRO Report # 9426 (Class B),
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Approximately around 1-3 PM.
ENVIRONMENT: The area where we were was a combination of Joshua Trees and small Pines. My Sister indicated that Pines Nuts were ripe and that she was going to come back and get some. Higher elevations near by were typical Pine Tree near the Peaks that led to higher elevations with much denser forest.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Richard Hucklebridge:
Tonight the 29th of December of 2007, Tom and his son called me from Kansas City Missouri and we then went over their sound encounter which was located on the southern end of the Sierra Mountain chain, which is located just north of Highway 14, and west of Highway 395.
Tom and his son’s sound encounter lasted approximately 5 to 6 seconds and it sound like a woman in pain screaming. Several minutes after the scream everything went silent. It came from higher up on a mountain ridge that was located to the south and west of them. Note there is a higher ridge that runs form the northwest to southeast and is from 8453 ft at the northern end, where Owens Peak is located, to 5212 ft at its southern end, and this is where this sound emanated. The animal had to have had a very strong and powerful voice to have had them notice this sound.
This area is now becoming a historical mining area for the BLM but you can still get there in a 2 wheel drive vehicle, but a 4 wheel drive vehicle is recommended for those dirt roads. The report that the witnesses made a reference too is located less than 10 miles from their location, and it also took place during September.
I know that this area has deer, chucker and quail and probably has wild pigs and turkeys. The water is what I find to be a problem, because the creeks are usually dry at the lower elevations, and only run during the wet months, which have been seldom recently. This area is desert at Highway 14 and gradually gets into the pinion pine trees at about the 5000 thousand foot level.
The witnesses heard a simalure sound on our site, which we at the BFRO think has a high possibility of being a sound of a Sasquatch. From where the witnesses were located to the top of the ridge that was closest to there south is approximately ½ mile.
About BFRO Investigator Richard Hucklebridge:
- Four years in the United States Navy, 1955-1959 (Combat Air Crewman on P4M Mercator Patrol Aircraft)
- 37 years in the aerospace industry: 33 years with General Electric at Edwards AFB; More than 5 years with the Northrop Grumman Corp. at Edwards AFB (Flight Line Mechanic on the B-2 Bomber).
- During 20 of those years at Edwards he was a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for the County of Los Angeles.