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COUNTY: Harlan County
NEAREST TOWN: Wallins
NEAREST ROAD: 119
OBSERVED: Went to get trail cams and see dark black figure close to 7 feet tall. Hair was like sloth fur. Very mobile. Looked wet. When seen subject ran.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 6:30 dusk
ENVIRONMENT: Between mountain ridges. Near muddy bottom. Creek 1 mile away. Lots of vegetation.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Jack Smarr:
I spoke to witness on telephone and have the following remarks to add. Teenager was out on his property setting out trail cams. His family's property of 100 acres is behind his house and is full of game to include elk that have been transplanted to Kentucky and is prospering in his part of the state.
As he drove his four-wheeler to the top of a ridge that opened to a small valley on the opposite side, he noticed movement in the valley. Shutting off his four wheeler, he saw a seven foot ape-like biped from a distance of 30 feet running quickly away from him. He saw that it was grayish brown and had hair that draped from its arms, sides and legs as it sprinted away. Although he didn't see its face, he heard it crashing away and watched it bowl over a small tree, crushing it as it made its escape. He was left by himself , the air filled with a faint musky smell.
The witness did not see any tracks, but he later went back to the spot where he saw it and measured a nearby tree for reference. The creature’s height is reported as seven feet.
I believe that the teenager surprised the Squatch by topping suddenly over the hill on his four-wheeler, causing it to flee. He did a good job by cutting his engine when he noticed movement, and again later when returning to the scene to take measurements.
About BFRO Investigator Jack Smarr:
Jack Smarr is retired military and worked primarily in Field Artillery, Armored Cavalry and Armor units. He participated in TN 09,10,11,WV 2012 expeditions; and helped organize KY 2013 expedition. He organized the 2014 KY Daniel Boone Expedition, the 2015 Central Kentucky Expedition, the 2016 Carter Caves State Park Expedition and has conducted private expeditions in Eastern Kentucky and Southern Ohio. Jack is organizing the NorthEastern Kentucky Expedition in April of 2017.