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STATE: West Virginia
COUNTY: Greenbrier County
LOCATION DETAILS: Located near Sam Black exit, Jones Road Meadow Bluff.
NEAREST TOWN: Smoot
NEAREST ROAD: I-64
OBSERVED: On the night of Friday May 15, 2009 I went out on the back porch to get some fresh air. I smelled something like a wet dog. When I turned around I saw a seven or eight feet tall creature that was brown, hairy, and kind of lanky. As soon as I saw it I gasped and it took off running. Then next morning my family and I went outside and began looking around and found footprints about 14" or 15" inches long, and 4 or 5 feet span between each one in our garden. It appeared to be barefooted and at one point running.
ALSO NOTICED: Before the sighting the witness could smell a wet dog smell.
Footprints are still visible, but will wash away when it rains.
OTHER WITNESSES: No initial witness of the creature, but many family members have witnessed the footprints.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was a clear night about 9:30 p.m.and the creature could be seen clearly because of a dusk to dawn light in the yard.
ENVIRONMENT: Surrounded by woods,swamp land and mountains. Occured near the Historical Civil War Hospital.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Russ Jones:
I went and personally visited with this witness. She is a bright, engaging, and a sincere 19 year old college student. She had gone out on the back deck and smelled a "wet dog", so she turned looking for her dogs when she saw the creature 30 yards away under a dusk-til-dawn security light. The creature immediately took off at a fast pace. What struck her for the several seconds that she watched it was how massive it was, arms that were about mid-thigh in length, and how it swung it's arms as it walked. She lives in an area where there are many bears, and is certain that it was not a bear, and that it was bipedal. It is possible that the creature may have been interested in the rabbits that are raised in pens in the back yard. The area the site is located is rural, mountainous, with large valleys and rolling fields. It is covered with old mines, caves, and large swampy tracts surrounding a river that runs through the area. There is a large deer and cattle population in the area. There is a large number of silage collections in the immediate area which could serve as a food source in colder weather. Another point that I believe that lends credence to this report is that word got out to a local television station who wanted to come do a story and the family said "no". This family desires no attention from the event.
About BFRO Investigator Russ Jones:
Dr. Jones brings a background of hunting, trapping and outdoor experiences together with undergraduate and graduate education. He is a master naturalist and has attended numerous public and private expeditions.He most recently led the Ohio and West Virginia expeditions for the BFRO. Dr. Jones may be contacted at WVirginia@BFRO.net.