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DATE: 14th and 16th
STATE: West Virginia
COUNTY: Wayne County
NEAREST TOWN: Wayne
NEAREST ROAD: US Route 152
OBSERVED: Just two nights ago,( 2/16/09) my brother who lives up the hollow from my house called a little after 8 p.m. to say he had seen something outside in his yard. It seemed to be turned in the direction of his chicken house, at an angle to him, where it could keep a lookout both toward his house and the driveway which passes on up further into the hollow where there is another house. I have another brother that lives right across the driveway from the first brother. This brother says that two nights (2/14/09) before my brother saw what he did, he thought he saw something standing at the end of my 1st brother's screened in porch, my second brother was smoking on his screened in porch, and when he opened his screen door to get a better look, my 1st brother's pole light (which has a short in it) went out, and he couldn't see anything at all in that direction then. A few years ago, a third brother and neighbor to these other brothers, was walking in the dark without a light to my 2nd brother's house, and something screamed like a woman at him, and terrified him. This is a man standing 6' tall and over 300 lbs. My 1st brother is also 6' tall and over 300 lbs, and the creature he saw was taller and weighed more than he did. But he said it didn't seem to be fat. It had reddish brown fur-hair. He did not see the facial features due to the profile stance the creature was in and he said that it seemed to be aware that it, my brother yelled out loud, "What the heck is that!" and ran toward his front door that opens to his screened porch, he said that he felt the creature heard him and knew it had been observed and when he went to the front door and stepped out on the screened in porch, it was gone. The dogs didn't show up until my brother yelled for them. I myself have had a couple of things happen to me, that at the time they happened were unexplained but now I wonder if they are not related. Last fall my daughter and myself were leaving her house, she lives at the bottom of my hill near the creek, when something that screamed like a women terrified us. Then I heard what sounded like someone hit the side of my house under the breezeway where my bedroom is located, and I have had what sounded to me like a man walking across my house again over where my bedroom is located and in a minute or two it retraced its steps. I was very frightened to say the least!
ALSO NOTICED: Two dogs, one a Great Pyrenees, were no where to be found during the sighting and are usually nearby the house.
OTHER WITNESSES: one-four
OTHER STORIES: A number of incidents over the years, but until now seemed unrelated. We've heard the sounds of "screaming women" and thought it may be a "pather" several times over the years. "Whooping" sounds, which we thought were owls. A dog returned home from fighting with something that had torn him with cuts pretty badly. A dog was found dead in his wire pen enclosure, and an impression of a large animal having "caved" in the wire. The dog had no marks on him and seemed to die of fright. One early morning hour last fall I was awakened by something pounding on the wood siding of my house, almost like an open hand or fist was smashed into it. Also, I was awakened in the late summer or early fall of 2008, with something very large (it sounded like a man walking) on the metal roof of my house and when "he" leaped off it seemed that he didn't clear the edge and slipped nearer to my window which was on that end of the house. Very nearly scared me to death! I live in a modified A-Frame house, this was on a room addition which juts out toward a heavily wooded hillside. There are only a ten homes in this little valley that lies between two heavily wooded hills.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: A little after 8 p.m.
ENVIRONMENT: Very heavily wooded,large hilly area with a small creek running close by, and large rock formations and caves in the hillsides.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Pam Lovins:
I spoke with this witness, her two brothers and their spouses at length. There seems to be definite, ongoing activity in this area. There is ample cover, food, and water sources in this area to support a small family group.
I have reassured all that there is nothing to be feared from these animals. I have advised them to keep in touch with me should anything else happen. Plans to more thoroughly investigate this area are in the works.
About BFRO Investigator Pam Lovins:
Pam is a health care provider credentialing specialist. She attended the 2005 West Virginia expedition and attended the 2006 Ohio Expedition.