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COUNTY: Paulding County
LOCATION DETAILS: Located in the Timberlands subdivision.. Close to the Pickett's Mill Civil War park.. which is protected.
NEAREST TOWN: Dallas/Acworth
NEAREST ROAD: Dallas Acworth Highway (381)
OBSERVED: Last night, late around 1:45a.m. I wasn't sleeping well.. felt a little indigestion.. came downstairs to get some antacids.. Sat down in the living room to watch a few minutes of TV to wait for the medicine to work.
Around 2 am.. a very loud scream/roar sounded out that startled me right up off the sofa. The roar lasted about 3 or 4 seconds. The sound had a deep chested sound.. like something large. I listened and heard no other noises.. no other animals.. no thumping.. no running.. nothing but silence.
Sound did not sound like a person. Did not sound like a dog growling..did not sound like a coyote..
did not sound feline...
I approached the front window and looked out through the blinds. Whatever it was sounded close. I would guess it was less than 30 feet from the front porch. The porch light was on. As was the streetlight. I live in a populated city neighborhood with multiple houses around me. Nobody else has come forward to say they heard the same. Location in Dallas but bordering Acworth.. Paulding/Cobb county.
ALSO NOTICED: Raining next day.. couldnt find anything unusual.
OTHER WITNESSES: Everyone else in home was asleep.
OTHER STORIES: I have not personally heard of any other incidents. some neighbors claim strange "paranormal" experiences. But do not really believe in that.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 2 Am..dark outside but lit by streetlights and porch light.
ENVIRONMENT: Residential neighborhood. Pine forests nearby with multiple creeks.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Morris Collins:
I spoke to the witness by phone on 21 August. He was articulate and well spoken. He recounted his experience of the unusual scream. He said it so startled him that when he jumped up from his recliner, he pulled his Achille's tendon. It rained during the night and the following morning.
The next day he went across the street to his neighbor's house where he felt the sound originated. They were not home but he found a possible print that he sent to my phone:
As his yard is very dry and hard, this area was of softer earth. His shoe size is a size 11 and the potential print was longer than his shoe though he felt it was narrow in the middle except in the heel area which was wide.
He no longer talks about the incident as he was teased when he tried to discuss it. He searched the Internet for animal sounds and eliminated owls, bobcat, and coyotes. He found the BFRO site during his search and one of the howls sounded exactly like what he heard.
Their have been two additional reports in the area of Pickett's Mill Battlefield Park. This is a protected area in NW Cobb County. The area has had tremendous growth in the last 20 years as a major suburb of Atlanta. The area still supports a large deer population as well as bear and other small mammals. There are several protected WMA's and corridors that interconnect these areas as you move away from the city. The area is mixed pine and hardwood and has had substantial development due to rapid growth of the Atlanta suburbs.
About BFRO Investigator Morris Collins:
Morris holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Auburn University and additional coursework toward an MBA in International Business. He is an avid backpacker and SCUBA diver. Morris attended Georgia 2006, 2008, 2009 & 2011; North Carolina 2006 and SC 2007 expeditions. He is a member of the SE BFRO Tracking Team and has completed a first course in visual tracking.