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COUNTY: Gallia County
LOCATION DETAILS: It is about 2 miles out Little Kyger road off of Ohio state route 7 in the cheshire ohio area, over a dip in the road just past the old high school (River Valley )..
NEAREST TOWN: Cheshire, Ohio
NEAREST ROAD: Little Kyger Rd
OBSERVED: I was traveling on Little Kyger road toward Ohio state route 7 when I popped over a steep hill located one this stretch of road and as my headlights shown back down on the road as I topped the hill, along side the road there is a tree and a road sign, thats when I noticed this large very dark figure along the road with what appeared to be either very dark brown or black fur/coat?? it was a head taller than the road sign that it was walking in front(6 to 7 foot tall) of, it looked as if it was getting ready to cross the road out of a very wet swampy marsh area over into more wooded hills. As my lights hit it as with out thinking it turned back the way it had come very swiftly, but another interesting thing that i noticed was as it tuned to go back into the swampy area I could plainly see the entire bottom of its foot wich was very very large and light in contrast to the rest of the creature and void of any fur/coat would very much put you in the mind of a humans foot only much much larger. and within just flash was gone.I did stop the following day to see if I could see any kinda of tracks and saw nothing but the composition of the ground would probably not yeild a good footprint next to the road as for the marshy area I didnt venture in..Very strange indeed.
ALSO NOTICED: no
OTHER WITNESSES: I was alone
OTHER STORIES: Not in this vicinity but have heard about other sightings in the southern part of the county.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was about 11:00 pm weather was overcast, about 34 degrees,had rain alot earlier in the day but roads were dry.
ENVIRONMENT: Heavily wooded and swamps..
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Russ Jones:
I talked at length to this witness who works in the medical community. He is a hunter and often found in the outdoors. In addition to what was in the report I can add the following after interviewing the witness.
The closest he was to the animal was about 150 feet. The sighting was at night but he has looked at the sign by where he saw the animal each day and believes the top of the sign to be 7 feet high. The animals neck and head were above the sign.
He saw the animal clearly for about 5 seconds as it was traveling from a swampy area on the right side of the road. He believes it was going to cross to a grove of pine trees on the left until it saw him causing the animal to turn back around and head back into the swampy area.
Of further interest to me is the fact that the sighting is roughly a mile from the Ohio river. There is a major power plant on the river near the location. Looking at a map you can notice dozens of power-line right of ways. Many investigators believe that these may serve as possible pathways for bigfoot.
Another interesting note is that many people in Ohio call bigfoot "grassman". The first "grassman" sightings published were in the 1860's and in the same county as this report.
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.