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COUNTY: Crawford County
NEAREST TOWN: Chauncey
NEAREST ROAD: Chauancey/Birds Blacktop
OBSERVED: I have had two sightings. The first was in July or August of 2002. It was one of those hot, and humid days of summer. Temperatures reached around 100 that day. So my then boyfriend, five year old daughter, his Rottweiler, and me decided to go to the river and swim at one of the many sandbars on the Embrass as some call the Ambraw. So our location was into an area that you would not see people just walking around or being out in. Very secluded very off the beaten path. We were swimming and eating lunch and hanging out when all of the sudden the dog starts going freaking nuts like I never seen. So I go up the incline on the beach towards where my truck was parked to see if maybe it was a farmer that had driven back there for some reason. The incline was steep enough that I could look across the grassy weedy tree area to the edge of a bean field where the truck was parked without anything of me being seen except for my head. When I looked over the edge of the bank right there in front of me, maybe 20 yards away, crossing through the under brush was something that my mind could not grasp. A thin black 7 to 8 foot man like creature. I was so in shock I just dropped down the bank. My boyfriend said what was it? I answered Sasquatch. Let's go!
ALSO NOTICED: No but I figured his height at 7 1/2 feet because he ducked under a branch and it was a foot and half over my head and I'm 5' 10".
OTHER WITNESSES: No just me
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was early afternoon
ENVIRONMENT: Hot and Humid
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
I spoke with the witness by phone.
- The witness estimated the animal's height at 7 to 8 feet tall.
- The animal was thinly built.
- The hair was sparse and black in coloring.
- The witness was unable to see the face.
- The witness was 20 yards from the animal.
- The boyfriend did not see the animal.
The witness also submitted another report and the other sighting she referred to, see: Report # 44645.
About BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
Stan Courtney has a special interest in wildlife audio recording. He has attended numerous BFRO Expeditions and travels throughout Illinois giving presentations on "Bigfoot In Illinois". See Stan's blog StanCourtney.com for recordings he has collected over the years.
Stan Courtney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org