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COUNTY: Shenandoah County
LOCATION DETAILS: The area is Artz Road were it meets Route 11. The thing with this area, it is close to the George Washington National Forest.
NEAREST TOWN: Woodstock
NEAREST ROAD: Rt. 11 & Artz Road
OBSERVED: It was about 4:00 am on April 3, 2014 I was driving to work south on Route 11 towards Woodstock, VA. I saw a tall dark figure move from the east side of the edge of road and go into the brush down into the stream area at Artz road. I estimated its height to be over 7 1/2 feet tall because of a stop sign that it was standing next to and in 2 large bounds it cleared the road and was in the stream area. I have heard of reports of tree knocks and growls in this area for the past couple of years. And since my sighting my wife and I have even smelled wet animal sulfur smell coming near our home in Toms Brook, VA just 3 miles from my sighting several nights over the past couple months. Our dogs refuse to go near the edge of our property at night when we take them out before we go to bed too.
ALSO NOTICED: That's the thing that bothered me when I slowed down with my window down I heard nothing no limbs breaking, no ground noises. It was very strange.
OTHER WITNESSES: No just me and I know what I saw. If I had time I would have personally tracked this unknown because I am a Native American Indian tracker and hunter. But I didn't have time before work.
OTHER STORIES: Several in this area over past couple years.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Around 4:00 am
ENVIRONMENT: This area has water on all four sides from streams which makes it literally an island. It is thick with woods and abundant wildlife. The thing with this area is it is close to the George Washington National Forest.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Charles Kimbrough:
I spoke to the witness on the phone. This was a brief, but very close sighting. The witness first saw it from around 100 feet with his headlights. But as he slowed his car, he was closer to 30 feet as it walked down the embankment to the creek. He added that he did not see its front side. It walked past the stop sign and down the hill into the creek bed. The one thing that stood out when he saw it was the width of this animal. It was very broad. And that it had very large gluteal muscles.
I was able to visit this location when I had to drive through for work. Great area. The brush it walked into was very thick.
About BFRO Investigator Charles Kimbrough:
Charles has been the Technical Support Manager for an ITS Traffic Equipment Supplier for over 15 years. He specializes in Video Detection Systems with the use of Flir thermal cameras.
He has also attended the following BFRO Expeditions:
2012 WV, 2013 KY, 2013 WV, 2014 KY and numerous private expeditions.