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COUNTY: Macoupin County
LOCATION DETAILS: SPECIFIC LOCATION SENSITIVE
NEAREST TOWN: Carlinville
NEAREST ROAD: Rt. 4
OBSERVED: In September 1992 my girlfriend spent the night at my house. Around 11:30pm we were bored and so my girlfriend and my two sisters and I decided to sneak out of the house and take a walk around the lake. There were other houses around this lake also. The skies were clear and the weather was nice. We got about half way around the lake when I heard something behind me and turned around to see. I was startled to see a big tall hairy thing about 13 feet tall. I saw it walk across the road about 5 feet behind us. I screamed, and my sister who was 13 years old at the time turned and saw it also. My baby sister was too little and can't remember. I don't remember if my girl friend saw it. We took off running and screaming back to our house. We went into my bedroom and were awake the rest of the night afraid to make a move thinking it was still out there. I was 15 years old at the time.
OTHER WITNESSES: Four
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 11:30pm
It was a clear nice night.
ENVIRONMENT: Several houses in a wooded area on a lake.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Harold Benny:
I spoke with the witness several times by phone and found her to be credible. She said the animal came out of one of the yards and crossed the road on two legs without looking or paying attention to her. It then went down the hill toward a small creek. Since the animal was so close, it seemed extremely tall. However, she stated that it was probably eight to nine feet tall and not thirteen feet tall as originally written. The witness observed that it had shaggy dark hair and a very husky build without a neck. The whole incident only lasted a few seconds.
About BFRO Investigator Harold Benny:
Harold Benny holds two degrees in Zoology and was a Biology teacher for several years. He participated in the following BFRO expeditions: Michigan UP 07, Arkansas I 07, Arkansas II (Oklahoma) 07, N. Florida 08, Missouri 08, Tennessee 09, and Ohio 09. Harold has organized several private Illinois expeditions and in 2006 recieved the IDNR Volunteer Of The Year Award as part of the Montgomery Co. Hunter Education group.