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STATE: West Virginia
COUNTY: Brooke County
LOCATION DETAILS: This area like I said was strip mined and reclaimed years later. There is a road that leads up to it where there is fields, not sure what is in there today. I'm not sure if the trail or paths are still there but I'm sure the high wall that goes around it is. The second time we were on a path leading up into the woods, just at the crest of the hill is where we heard the noises.
NEAREST TOWN: Wellsburg
NEAREST ROAD: RT 2
OBSERVED: I grew up in the outskirts of a small town of Wellsburg, in the northern part of West Virginia. In the northern panhandle, ever since I was little we would ride our dirt bikes in the old strip mine, that was called center hill. Well years passed and that old mine was reclaimed, well we would still ride over there even though we were not allowed. It was summer because we where out of school. I’d say it was probably 1989-1990, me and a friend went trail riding.
There was a flat area, and along the trail was a high wall, on the other side was a drop off, and a road. We would ride that trail to the gas line and cut up over the gas line to the road and go home, or we would turn around and go back through the trails. On the way through the trails there was a pit, we called it the sulfur pit, because it would turn your clothes orange, the color of the water was orange and deep on one side and shallow on the other side. It was like the rest of the trail it butted up against the high wall.
On the day I'm talking about, I was on my bike and my friend was on his 4 wheeler. We went through the pit and was playing around. We ended up getting the 4 wheeler and my bike stuck. It took a long time to recover the machines.
Later that day we saw something walking on the top part of the high wall. It was not walking on the edge it was walking like along a tree line. We stopped and watched this thing walk to a tree and crouch down. I don’t think it knew we were there until we yelled out at it for help.
The guy I was with said it was a friend of ours but we were out there where no one would be walking, even during hunting season. I think he said that so I would not flip out. You don’t just walk out that far even during hunting season, cause if you get something there is only two ways to bring it out, up over the high wall or down the high wall.
I’m getting nervous just writing this... We continued to yell out to this thing with no response back from it. We yelled out the name of the person that he thought it was several times.. no answer. We even yelled out if it could come down and help us. We did not know what it was.. So probably a good hour went by, and we were still trying to get his 4 wheeler unstuck, the next thing we know this thing gets up and walks the same way it came from. It was big and had long arms down its side. Walked upright like a person.
We watched this thing the whole time it was there, and it watched us working. We did not know what it was or what was going to happen. We did not know what it was going to do.. After it was out of sight we went back to getting his 4 wheeler out. Finally we got his 4 wheeler unstuck and my bike and got out of there. We had to ride the same direction it had walked. A couple days later we saw our friend that was “supposed” to be over there and he said “it was not me.” After that nothing else was said about it. We rode and hunted over there a few times. I stopped riding there when I started racing.
A couple years later (1991) when I was a freshman in high school, I took my girlfriend at the time over there. We were just out walking, and a hill that you had to go up to get to the path that went up into the woods. We got to the top of of this hill and heard the brush move, then a grunt noise, and a growl. I turned to her and told her to walk down the hill then run. We left there as quick as we could.
At one point I remember being at my friends house (the same one that got his 4 wheeler stuck) and we were talking with his mom. She said to me “ you know there's a Bigfoot over in the strip mine.” I said “No, really?!" She said that her son saw the foot prints. I hunted that area a few times, rode dirt bikes over there and always felt like I was being watched. I have never told no one, just in the past year I told my girlfriend of 8 years. This is the first time I have come out and told anyone my story of what I saw that day, and the other time I was over there.
ALSO NOTICED: What my friend's mom said that day to me. I still see it in my mind. I never told anyone about what happened that day. Him, I'm not so sure of.. but it was strange how she came out and said it to me..
OTHER WITNESSES: The first one me and a male friend. The second one me and a girlfriend.
OTHER STORIES: No not at that time.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It happened in the afternoon, when we were riding. It was day light out. The other time happened in the evening a couple hours before dark.
ENVIRONMENT: Reclaimed surface mine site with a 12' high wall below the ridge line.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stephen Willis:
Spoke to witness who no longer lives in West Virginia. Stated the figure was broad shouldered, had long limbs and purposely hid from them, even after a purposeful appearance to watch them dig out their off road machines.
The witness stated the entity squatted down behind a tree and observed their activities by peeking around the tree trunk. They called to this figure many times but did not get any indication their pleadings were acknowledged. They had no idea it was not a human, be it a very large human.
Distance from the observer to the figure was between 30-40 yards, looking upward past the edge of the 12 foot mine high wall.
The figure was brown from head to toe, no facial details could be identified. The witness stated they had heard whooping noises before the figure appeared and after the motors were turned off, which they attributed to an owl.
His fear of returning to the location is primarily from his friend's mother. She said: "Stay out of that mine, there's a Bigfoot living up there."
About BFRO Investigator Stephen Willis:
Grew up in central West Virginia. Retired from the US Army in 2003. Small manufacturing business owner. Lived for almost 7 years in Germany and 1.5 years in the Mideast.