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COUNTY: Okanogan County
LOCATION DETAILS: National forest campground along a river.
NEAREST TOWN: Twisp
NEAREST ROAD: Twisp River Road
OBSERVED: This is my second reported sighting to you guys. My first was on Mica Peak near Spokane WA. This happened two years later 200 miles away.
My dad, brother, uncle and I were camped along the Twisp River in Okanogan National Forest towards the end of September. It was about 10 at night. My brother, dad and uncle walked upstream about 100 yards to wash dishes in the river. I stayed at camp sitting by the fire. The only light was from the stars and the fire. About 10 minutes went by after they left. In the fire light I saw the outline of a man walking fast down the road from the direction my dad brother and uncle were. It walked the road right past our camp and kept going. It was dark and I just figured it was one of them. Until less than a minute later they came walking down together from the same direction it came from. There wasn't anybody camped within 5 miles of us in any direction. So there is my second sighting. Might be nothing, might be something. Hard to say because it was so dark.
OTHER WITNESSES: My dad, brother, and uncle were near by but didn't see anything.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 10 at night. Dark. Stars and firelight. Clear night. Cold.
ENVIRONMENT: Lots of pine and birch trees. 60 yards from the Twisp River and a bridge over the river. Lots of tall brush. Very thick forests.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Darrel Verney:
While sitting by the campfire, the witness saw someone or something briskly walking down the road past his camp. He saw it walk about a distance of 60 yards in around 15 seconds and walk across a white concrete car bridge. Though it was dark, the witness was able to see a figure due to the firelight, stars, moonlight, and the reflection of light off the bridge. He isn’t certain what or who it was, but there was no one else camping in the area. Since it was a number of years ago, the witness wasn’t able to recall additional details.
About BFRO Investigator Darrel Verney:
Originally from Alaska, Darrel now lives in north central Washington. He studied Wildlife Biology and Wildlands Recreation, and has worked for the National Park Service and National Forest Service in the past. He feels fortunate in having had several sightings and numerous encounters during expeditions and informal outings. Darrel has attended the Redwoods ’06, North Cascades ’08, ’09 & '16, Olympic ’09 & ’11, and Morton ’12 & ’13 expeditions.