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COUNTY: Wayne County
LOCATION DETAILS: if you look at the location of chaonia landing you'll note it sits in the middle of three points of land surrounded by the waters of lake wappapello. these two creatures were across the water from each other trying to find a path back together. eventually they went off in the direction they came continueing to call to each other.
NEAREST TOWN: williamsville , chaonia landing
NEAREST ROAD: road ended in the water
OBSERVED: My wife and I were night fishing off the docks of chaonia landing at lake wappapello in late fall early winter 2007. At around midnight we heard rocks being thrown into the lake from across the bank. we went to the end of the dock to see what was going on. coming down the bank along the waters edge rocks were being thrown into the water about every 50 feet or so, big rock the size of bowling balls. the bank I'm speaking of is actually an island with water on three sides of it for about 5-6 miles, and it ends right in front of the boat docks we were fishing. coming straight towards us along the bank something was throwing these boulders into the water, when out of the trees came a rock straight at us and landed in the water 6 feet in front of us followed by a very deep growl and grunt. the distance from the end of the dock and the opposite bank is maybe 50 feet. we stood there looking into the trees desperately trying to see whatever was growling at us yet it stayed just inside the tree line. the lights from the docks light up the whole opposite bank from point to point. up and down the bank this creature went tossing rocks and growling and screaming. then we noticed another creature on our side of the bank coming down towards us throwing rocks into the water howling after each rock hit the water. the two were doing this in unison up and down the bank for over an hour while we were trapped on the dock in fear. the one caught on the island worked his way into a huge angry fit. the two seemed to be letting the other one know where the other was. there is so much we witnessed, heard saw that i cant possibly write all down here. for nearly two hours we stood terrified as we realized what we were experiencing. we have not really told our story to any other than family. its too unbelievable.
ALSO NOTICED: my family and I were the only customers staying at the resort that night. owners were out 2a.m. or we would have dragged them out for witness
OTHER WITNESSES: my wife and I eventually ran to our cabin where we made my father come out and listen to the big creature throw a fit. the cabins sit on top the point overlooking the cove. you could easily hear each rock hit the water and the growls and screams that followed each rock toss.
OTHER STORIES: my grandfather my uncle and my dad has fished those docks for over 75 years never having even heard anything like this, however earlier that summer my wife and I were heading out to night fish out on the main lake when a boat just returning from the lake pulled up next to us and asked if we were just heading out. we said yes and he left us with a warning "I never go out on this lake at night anymore, not since i came across bigfoot one night, be careful along the banks"
we laughed it off and went anyway.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: clear cold night not a sound in the air. the dock lights lit up the whole cove.
ENVIRONMENT: typical missouri shorefront. three points of land come together to form a cove on lake wappapello. we were on one point of land the creatures were each on a diferent point.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Ron Boles:
Called and talked to this couple on February 20. Being avid fishing and outdoor enthusiasts, this couple really didn't expect or realize what they were experiencing at the time of this incident. From the time it started to the time they managed to build-up the courage to leave, was approximately 45 minutes. It seemed to the witnesses that the animal on the mainland bank was possibly the dominant animal and the one on the island was the subservient of the two. The witnesses recalled that these two animals were not happy about being separated and kept expressing their annoyance until after the couple returned to the cabin area. They didn't see eye-shine or the animals making all the noise but could tell where the vocalizations were coming from and saw the rocks as they were thrown.
The witnesses have not been back to that spot since. But I hope to meet with them there at the location soon.
About BFRO Investigator Ron Boles:
BFRO Investigator for the Ozarks
Attended and organized numerous BFRO Expeditions starting in 2007. In the states of Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Ron is an avid student of the outdoors, ecology, folklore and regional history.