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COUNTY: Carroll County
LOCATION DETAILS: Take Hwy 124 West from McKenzie, turn left on Hwy 190 S about 3 miles.
NEAREST TOWN: Pillowville-Christmasville Communities
NEAREST ROAD: Hwy 190
OBSERVED: It was late fall shortly after sundown, my girlfriend and I went for a walk down the road that ran infront of her house. The weather was cool and the sky was clear. We walked with the shoulder of the road to our right. Slighty off the road, there was a fence row about 6 feet above the level of the road. As we were walking along the road, I heard something 'tramping' around on the fence row. We got spooked. It noise continued. I just had to know what it was so I jumped up on the fence row and looked across a cut corn field. As I looked across the field, I noticed something walking along a ditch. It appeared to be tall and slender with a shaggy brown skin. I hollared at it and it stepped off into a ditch bank. We got scared and ran back to my girlfriends house.
The next day, I went back and search through the corn field. I found several large footprints in some left over lime. They were slightly larger than my 12 shoe and appeared to be a barefoot human, except bigger.
A few weeks later, my girlfriend was walking around a pond near an old homeplace. We heard something walking through the woods. It didn't sound like a deer or a man. It sounded different. We stayed a few minutes listening to this 'something' walk through the woods. Feeling kinda on edge, we left. Over the next few weeks, I kept an eye out for anything unusual, but didn't find anything.
OTHER WITNESSES: 1
OTHER STORIES: There had been several other sightings in the area for the years. There was one sighting in the winter during the early 70s. A man in Christmasville found footprints in snow around his house and farm.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Early evening after the sun had set, twilight.
ENVIRONMENT: Open farmland with fence rows and small stands of trees; cluttered southern forrest.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Tony Gerard:
I spoke with the witness by phone. Since the area of the field was elevated above the road his companion did not witness the creature. He described the creature as "athletic" looking with a definite waist. "It wasn't just straight up and down." There was no discernible neck and the arms were possibly longer in proportion than those of a human. The body "had texture" which he assumed to be hair, but because of the light conditions he could not judge its length. He described its motion as a "hurried walk" with its "arms moving with the steps."
The tracks he found the next day in the agricultural lime dust were not well defined. No toes were visible on the tracks, but the ends looked "squared off, not rounded like the toe area of a shoe."
About BFRO Investigator Tony Gerard:
Tony Gerard is a community college biology professor.