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COUNTY: Payne County
LOCATION DETAILS: IT IS SOUTH OF PERKINS ON RIVER ROAD OUT SIDE OF TOWN ON YOUR LEFT HAND SIDE.
NEAREST TOWN: PERKINS,OKLAHOMA
NEAREST ROAD: HIGHWAY 177
OBSERVED: IT WAS ABOUT 5 OR 6 YRS AGO ,NOT SURE BUT IT WAS ON TUESDAY NIGHT ABOUT 12-12:30 ME AND MY BUDDY WERE SITTING DOWN BY THE CIMARRON RIVER ,IT WAS A
FULL MOON THAT NIGHT,I REMEMBER THAT BECAUSE IT WAS LIT UP.WELL ANYWAYS WE WERE DISCUSSING HOW TO HOOK MY BUDDY UP WITH MY COUSIN,THEN I HAD TO GO THE REST ROOM,SO I GOT OUT AND WALKED ABOUT 10 FEET FROM THE CAR,AS I WAS GETTING READY TO GO I HEARD THE GRASS IN FRONT OF ME MOVE,IT WASN'T THE WIND.I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS A RACOON OR A POSSIUM.
BUT NOTHING CAME OUT OF THE WEEDS,SO I TRIED TO GO AGAIN AND SOMETHING MOVED AGAIN,WHEN I TRIED
LOOK DOWN IN THE WEEDS TO SEE IF I COULD SEE ANYTHING I NOTICED SOME MOVEMENT ABOVE ME,THATS WHEN WHAT EVER IT WAS CAME OUT REAL SLOW AND STOPPED.THATS WHEN MY HEART STARTED POUNDING
REALLY FAST AND MY LEGS WENT NUMB.IT WAS ABOUT 8
FOOT TALL AND HAD VERY BROAD SHOULDERS,I COULD TELL IT WAS HAIRY JUST BY THE MOON LIGHT AND ALL
I COULD SEE WAS A SILOETTE OR THE OUTLINE OF WHAT EVER IT WAS.WE BOTH STOOD THERE LOKKING AT EACH OTHER,THEN IT STARTED MOVING AGAIN THATS WHEN I TURNED AROUND AND JUMPED IN THE CAR AND TOLD MY BUDDY TO GET THE HELL OUTTA HERE,THERES SOMETHING OUT THERE.WE LEFT AND CAME BACK THAT SAME NIGHT AND GOT STUCK ,BUT WHAT EVER IT WAS MOVED ON.I SAY IT WAS ABOUT 12 FEET IN FRONT OF ME,THERE WAS NO SMELL OR ANYTHING,I JUST FIGURED EITHER IT WAS ALREADY THERE WHEN WE PULLED UP OR IT CAME CAME UP THROUGH THE OLD DUMP WHICH WAS BEHIND THE TREES THAT THIS THING CAME OUT OF.I TOLD MY AUNT ABOUT IT ,THATS WHEN SHE TOLD ME OLD STORIES ABOUT THE RIVER,I GUESS ALOT OF PEOPLE HAVE HEARD IT OR SAW IT.BUT THATS WHAT HAPPEND.
ALSO NOTICED: WHEN WE WENT BACK THE NEXT DAY TO LOOK AROUND IT SNOWED,SO IF THERE WAS ANY TRACKS ,THE SNOW COVERED THEM.
OTHER WITNESSES: JUST MY BUDDY ,BUT HE WAS IN THE CAR ,PLUS HIS WINDOWS WERE TINTED.
OTHER STORIES: THERE WAS ONE ABOUT GUY WHO GOT UP EARLY TO CHECK HIS TROT LINE DOWN BY THE RIVER AND SAW SOMETHING HAIRY EATING THE FISH FROM THE LINE ,HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS AND SHOT BESDE IT IN THE WATER AND IT JUST LOOKED AT HIM, THATS WHEN HE GOT SCARED AND LEFT.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: IT WAS AROUND MIDNIGHT,THERE WAS A
FULL MOON THAT NIGHT.
ENVIRONMENT: ALOT OF TREES SAND THE KIND OF STUFF DOWN BY A RIVER,IT'S ALSO WHERE THE OLD SAND PLANT USED TO BE.
Follow-up investigation report:
I spoke with witness A.J. and found him to be a pleasant person, open and willing to talk about his experience. He described himself as being about 27 at the time of the incident. He is of American Indian descent and manages a local business.
A.J.'s recollection of the event was vivid and he expressed a very deep fear of the animal he had seen, both at the time and still to this day. Since his report was of two men parked in a secluded area, I asked him if he had been drinking. As I suspected, he stated that they had just gotten a 24 pack of beer and that he and his friend had each had about two beers. However, he insisted that he was not intoxicated and knew what he had seen.
He described the animal as being 8 to 9' tall and guessed that its shoulders were 4' wide. He stated that he never heard the animal itself make any noises, other than its movement, and that he never smelled anything. A.J. insisted that his sense of smell is good.
He stated that as he stood outside of the car to urinate, he heard its movement in the medium length brush, but assumed it to be a smaller, common animal. He noted that it moved, then stopped, then moved, stopped, and so on. He stated that he and the animal stood facing each other at approximately five yards for several seconds, and that when he began moving out of fear back to his friend's car, he saw the animal moving very slowly off to his right.
A.J. stated that he returned to the area the next day with others to look for any evidence, but that it had snowed overnight with a pretty good coverage, and they were unable to locate anything. He and the same group returned again later that evening, built a campfire, and waited, but the animal was not seen again.
He stated that he told his aunt about the incident about two days after it occurred, and she then related several stories of local men, most of them Indians, seeing the creature in the same area in the past.
A.J. said that a lot of people go to the area to "hang out" and party, and that he had been there numerous times previous to this incident. He and friends have heard "things" in the dark, such as brush breaking, as if someone were trying to walk quietly through the area, and that once they had heard what sounded like a man's voice, "yelling, or screaming" in the darkness. On another ocassion when a group was out there, a friend was standing with his arm around his girlfriend when he felt something hit him in the back of the neck. A.J. said that when they investigated, they found that it was fish entrails, which they thought was very strange. They yelled out into the darkness, asking whoever had thrown the items to identify themselves, thinking it was a person playing a prank, but that they neither heard, nor saw, anything.
This report was investigated by BFRO volunteer M.B., an Oklahoma City metro area police officer.