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COUNTY: Fayette County
LOCATION DETAILS: Take 819 north .At Dawson make left before bridge that crosses the river.Take 1st left then quick right onto a gravel road.The area is the small wooded embankment on the right.
NEAREST TOWN: Dawson Pennsylvania U.S.A
NEAREST ROAD: state road 819
OBSERVED: On or about 28 yrs. ago 1974,my cousin and I both who were around 12 yrs.old observed a large hairy creature aprox. 8ft tall.It was in a thickbrushed small wooded area.We must have walked right by it, going in opposite directions.We were 20 or 25 ft.past it when we both looked over our shoulders about the same time.It stood in greenbriars shoulder and head above the 6ft briars and looked back at us.We stood in shock as we looked at it.The creature had long arms.Its hair was dark brown,not real long covering its body head to toe.It then took about 3 long steps through the greenbriars into the woods. When I looked my cousin had run home.I ran next.
ALSO NOTICED: During the incident ,the creature new we were observing it. He looked directly at us.
OTHER WITNESSES: 1 witness.Walking along side me.
OTHER STORIES: Yes.Second and third hand stories.1 incident after dark about 1/2 mile from where my incident occured.It was along the river. My dad observed large foot prints in the snow 4ft apart.This was years after my sighting.He said they came from the direction I saw the creature years earlier.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Aprox.12pm partly sunny lighting was good.
ENVIRONMENT: Hillside near a creek bottom.The area is a narrow strip of woods on a hillside.Its near a small cemetary.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Jim Osborne:
I spoke with the witness and he supplied some more details. The creature's face was more gorilla-like than human-like, and the arms were proportionally long reaching to about knee level. It moved upright very fast and in a very graceful motion. He estimated it to be 7 - 8 ft tall and around 500 lbs. The creature was moving through dense briars and underbrush with no difficulty. Although this occurred almost 30 years ago the details are very clear in the witness' memory.