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COUNTY: De Witt County
LOCATION DETAILS: You would take Illinois Rt 54 out of Farmer City going west, then take a left onto Liberty Road, or as the maps say 2225 E.
NEAREST TOWN: Farmer City
NEAREST ROAD: Liberty Road
OBSERVED: I was out late one night cat fishing at Clinton Lake by myself. I had been there for probably a couple hours and hadn't really been catching much. I had talked to a few people who were coming in on boats and seen a few going out. It seemed like a normal night for the most part.
About an hour after I had seen the last person left, I was starting to get the feeling I was being watched. I shrugged it off because I know there are raccoons, possums, coyotes, even stray dogs and cats. So I dismiss it and resume my fishing.
After awhile I notice how quiet it is. All I can hear is the faint breeze and the water lapping on the boat ramp where im sitting. Right about now I'm starting to get spooked. I know when there's a predator of some kind around that this usually happens. I'm an avid duck hunter, and a die hard cat fisherman, so I'm used to traipsing around in the dark. I figure its just a coyote eyeballing me so I get my flashlight and get up to take a look around.
I look around for a bit and don't see anything. I once again put this out of my head, starting to think I'm losing my mind. After a little while longer I still notice there isn't any sound. As I'm sitting there staring across the lake, the hair on my arms and neck starts to stand up. I don't really spook that easy but when the hair stands up, something is watching you. I decided that I had all I could stand and threw all my stuff in my truck and left.
On my way home I called dad and told him what was going on. He told me back in the 70's, there was sightings of what the town called the Salt Creek monster. I'm no skeptic, but at the same time I haven't ever seen it.
After a while he tells me I should go back and check the place out a little more closely. I decided it was probably a good idea just for some peace of mind. I drive back out to the boat launch, and park in the parking lot. I have the truck lights on as well as my flashlight that I'm scanning the area with. After about 15 minutes I give up and go to leave.
As I'm turning around in the parking lot, the truck lights pick something up standing in the trees. I immediately stomp on the brakes. About 20 yards away I'm looking at something that's probably seven feet tall, not overly muscular but it was covered in black hair. It also had a big pair of yellow eyes. It had a deer in the head lights look about it and it tore off running through the trees along the lake. I had been in track in high school and this easily outpaced the fastest runners I'd ever seen. When it ran it didn't pump its arms. They just swayed a bit. Before I really understood what I was seeing it was gone. I drove my little truck as fast as it could go all the way home.
I called my dad back and remember being on the edge of hysteria. After that I always had my gun in the truck, which was always within sprinting distance of where I was fishing.
ALSO NOTICED: Just a general lack of sound. There wasn't any. No bugs, no nothing.
OTHER WITNESSES: No other witnesses, but I called my dad.
OTHER STORIES: Back in the 70's there were sightings of what was called the Salt Creek monster. It was in the general area of where I was.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was a clear summer night, probably about 60 degrees, a little breeze.
ENVIRONMENT: It was a boat access for the lake on the north side. You could go across the lake on the bridge if you didn't turn into the boat launch. Around the launch there are some trees, pretty heavy in spots. And theres a small strip of trees right next to the lake.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
I spoke with the witness by phone. The following details can be added to the report:
- The animal was between six and seven feet tall.
- The animal was thin and approximate weight of 200 lbs.
- Hair color was dark brown or black and four inches in length.
- The head was somewhat pear shaped and was set low on the shoulders.
- The witness was able to see some facial details in the headlights.
- The face was partially covered by hair.
- The face appeared to be humanlike with a strong jaw line.
- The eyes reflected yellow and the nose was flat and thick.
- Sighting was in the same general area as BFRO Media Article # 588
Farmer City 'Monster" Sparks Search, Debate
About BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
Stan Courtney has a special interest in wildlife audio recording. He has attended numerous BFRO Expeditions. See Stan's blog StanCourtney.com for recordings he has collected over the years.
Stan Courtney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org