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COUNTY: Cherry County
NEAREST TOWN: Valentine
NEAREST ROAD: unknown
OBSERVED: In 1957 in Valentine, NE I was 6 years old and playing hide and seek...I was with another young girl and we were walking down an alley looking for the other kids when we saw a sasquatch coming down the alley toward us..it was very tall and looked like a erect ape..very hairy...and was making terrifying loud noises. We went running for the hills. I carried the memory for many years and have never doubted that this was a true sighting. The only person that believed was a school teacher that lived on that street who heard the inhuman sounds it was making.
OTHER WITNESSES: me and another child my age
OTHER STORIES: no
TIME AND CONDITIONS: probably between 7 and 8 P.m. It was after dark but it was light enough there to get a very good look at it
ENVIRONMENT: in town
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Mitch S.:
I spoke with the witness at length and found her to be very credible. She still lives in Nebraska and is a dental hygienist in another part of the state. This report was one of the most dated sightings I have ever dealt with, so it was interesting to say the least. Although she did not know much about the subject, the Niobrara River just to the north of Valentine has had a history of sightings all along its shores. A few more details can be added to the event.
She and her friend were playing a game of hide-and-seek with several children from the neighborhood so children were all over, running about the area. She and her friend were not actually walking down the alley, but instead were pursuing others or vice versa. The two ran into the alley from a yard and were immediately confronted with an animal walking on two legs heading towards them, about fifteen feet away. The animal then let out a very loud scream and did not slow down its pace or change direction. The girls then screamed and ran back around the corner and out of the alley, in the same direction at which they entered. They ran home and did not see or hear it again. They were not pursued.
The animal was described as much taller than a person, covered in dark hair and very visible eyes. It had no neck and did not pump its arms while it was walking towards them. When I asked the witness about specific details of the animal, the most striking feature she could recall was the mouth. It was very wide and gaping while it screamed at them. It had very large, box-shaped teeth. She described the scream as that of an animal in pain. The other girl she was playing with was of the same age and was visiting the town with her parents.
When she told her friends at school about the incident the next day, a teacher who lives in the neighborhood told her that she had also heard the scream the previous night.
To people who donít live in the Midwest, it might be difficult to understand something like this happening in a town. The town of Valentine sits by itself in the middle of the Sandhills and has been a cattle town since it was founded. It is very isolated and has a major river running through it, just north of town.
About BFRO Investigator Mitch S.:
Mitch has attended the following Expeditions:
Washington Olympic Peninsula 2009
Mitch is an avid hunter and fisherman and a native of Nebraska.