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COUNTY: Madison County
LOCATION DETAILS: East of Fredericktown, MO.
NEAREST TOWN: Fredericktown, MO
NEAREST ROAD: "O" Road
OBSERVED: In May of 1986 my son-in-law and I found a freshly made footprint of something that still haunts me today. We had been cutting firewood in a mostly remote area about 100 miles south of St Louis, MO. It had rained hard all night prior to the morning of the sighting and the ground was well saturated. The print looked almost like a human print except for the size and the number of toes. The print was 14-1/2" long, 4-3/4" wide and was sunk in the ground almost 2" deep it had to be something that had a lot of weight to it. It also had three toes of which the inside toe was slightly larger than the other two. Unfortunately we did not take a picture or make a cast of it. I wish I would have at least informed the conversation department about it.
OTHER WITNESSES: 5 witnesses in all.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: About 9:00 am, it had rained all night, the ground was saturated but the the weather that morning was warm and sunny.
ENVIRONMENT: On an old, old gravel road that ran along a small ridge. I assume the area had been used for logging several years ago. There was hardly any gravel left on the old road.
Follow-up investigation report:
I spoke with the witness via telephone, and the following details can be added to his report.
His son-in-law is 6' 1", weighs about 200 pounds and wears a size 13 shoe. He stepped off to the side of the found footprint trying to attempt to duplicate it. The depth his impression made was only about 1/2 inch. The witnesses deduced that whatever made this print had to be very heavy. They did a cursory search of the area and found no other prints.