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COUNTY: Morgan County
LOCATION DETAILS: I can't remember the exact road name that I spotted it from. But I do know that it was right next to "The Captians Fancy" a resort that my mother was the manager of at the time, that's where I lived at. It was about a mile away from there.
NEAREST TOWN: Gravois Mills
NEAREST ROAD: State Highway 5
OBSERVED: I was living at in Missouri at the time, about a mile from where my sighting took place. I was on my way home from a friends house on my bike about to head up the hill. I heard something off in the woods to my left and looked to see what it was. I was very used to being in the woods, having grown up around them all my life. I expected to see a deer or some other type of wildlife that I was so familiar with. But, I turned and saw what I still believe was bigfoot. It was a little less than a hundred yards away, and walking perpendicular to me. The strides that it took were amazing, so fluid. There was no real bobbing of the head like I have heard of from other sightings, and the arms didn't swing out as much as others have reported, it was very human like. It's body was covered in a brown hair, not a very dark brown though. It was more the color sandstone, that's the best thing I can think of to compare the color. I watched it walk for about a minute, I was to scared to move at all, so I was just kind of frozen there watching it. Then it stopped right beside a large birch tree. I was afraid that it had seen me and didn't know what it would do, so I turned to look up the hill and contemplate running up the hill towards my house or to turn and run back to my friends house. I decided that I was going to leave my bike and run back to my friends since it wasn't up hill to his house. I turned to look back and see where the creature was at and couldn't see it anymore. I believe it hid behind the large birch that it stopped beside. That's when I ran, I was so scared I just ran to my friends house and didn't even knock, I just ran inside and told them what had happened. I made his dad drive me home, we picked up my bike on the way. I never went down that road again on my bike, I never had the nerve to.
ALSO NOTICED: None that I know of, I was to scared to ever go into that part of the woods again.
OTHER WITNESSES: None, I was on my way home from my friends house.
OTHER STORIES: No. I never talked about it to anyone besides my friends parents who drove me home that day.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Middle of the day, around 1:00
ENVIRONMENT: I was on a gravel road when I saw it. The creature was in the woods just a little shy of 100 yards away. The woods there weren't really thick and there isn't much under-growth there at all. The woods were on my left and to my right was a cove off of the Lake of the Ozarks. There was a creek that fed off of the cove that ran behind me under a small bridge and into the woods in front of where the creature was at.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:
The witness recalled the extreme fear that he felt during the sighting. He returned to his friend's house because the hill to his own house was too steep to ride his bicycle up.
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