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COUNTY: Vernon County
LOCATION DETAILS: About ten miles North east of Nevada, Missouri.
NEAREST TOWN: Nevada, Missouri
NEAREST ROAD: M hwy
OBSERVED: It was raining and I thought I was coming up on someone walking in the ditch wearing a hooded rain slicker. As I got closer I thought what an idiot, they are wearing a fur coat. I thought I was looking at the back of someone but when I got even with them I noticed that it was not the back of someone standing but the side of something bending down. Just as I got even with it, it stood up and lifted its arms up as if making a tee like a cheerleader would. That's when I noticed what I believe was a deer between its legs. It all happened very fast as I was going about 55mph and only slowed down briefly. I took my foot off the brake and continued home. My own wife laughed at me about it but I know what I saw can not be explained.
OTHER WITNESSES: No I was driving home from work.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Between 11 and 11:30 pm. There was rain coming down.
ENVIRONMENT: It was beside a wooded area with a creek nearby.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Larry Newman:
I spoke with this witness by phone. I noticed during the conversation he was reliving this incident and displaying a little discomfort. I have found this to be indicative of a truthful statement.
He was coming home from work at about 11:15 at night. It was raining. He first noticed what he thought was a person walking in the ditch on the left side of the road. It crouched down and then stood up as he got close. He then noticed the figure was not wearing a coat, but he could see the long hair. He described the hair as rain matted. As he got close it stood up on two legs and then spread its arms straight out from its body as if a cheerleader were displaying a T during a cheer. It was then he could see what appeared to be a deer lying on the ground between the figure's feet. He did not see the face as he passed by but could only see lots of hair on its head.
He continued down the road trying to figure out what he had just seen. He could not offer an estimate of size only to say it looked like a person walking down the ditch in the rain. I found the witness to be truthful in answering the questions that I asked. I have made tentative arrangements to meet this witness and view the area.
Incidently this is about three miles from a location where I and another investigator camped one night and heard distinct wood knocks
About BFRO Investigator Larry Newman:
Life long hunter and fisherman with tracking skills.
Fall 2009 Missouri expedition.
Retired Law Enforcement investigator and certified crime scene investigator. Also experienced and trained in interview techniques and written statement analysis.