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COUNTY: Hickman County
LOCATION DETAILS: THE WRIGLEY AREA.
NEAREST TOWN: CENTERVILLE
NEAREST ROAD: HWY 100
OBSERVED: I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START WITH THIS! I AM A 38 YR OLD MAN AND A OFFICER OF THE STATE TELLING YOU ABOUT A BIG FOOT. THE FIRST TIME I ENCOUNTERED IT I WAS ON THE WAY INTO TOWN. THIS ANIMAL WAS ABOUT 6 TO 7 FT TALL AND RAN OUT OF THE WOODS IN FRONT OF ME. AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS A BEAR, BUT BEARS DONT RUN STANDING ON THIER HIND LEGS AND BEARS IN THIS AREA AREN'T THAT TALL. I JUST CHALKED IT UP TO THAT IT WAS A BEAR. UP UNTIL OCTOBER OF THIS YEAR.
I AM AN ADVID HUNTER AND OUTDOORSMAN. I HAVE SEEN AND HEARD JUST ABOUT EVERY ANIMAL IN THE WOODS OF THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY. ONE AFTERNOON IN MID OCTOBER I WENT OUT TO FEED MY CHICKENS WHEN I SAW SOMETHING SHINEING IN THE WOODS ACROSS THE GULLY FROM MY HOME. AS I APPROACHED THIS SHINEY OBJECT I REALIZED IT WAS A BALLOON. I WAS ABOUT TO REACH DOWN AND PICK THE BALLOON UP WHEN I HEARD THIS AWEFUL CRYING, ANGRY, HURT, MAD, DEEP WITHIN, A HUGE SCREAM THAT WAS THE MOST TERRIFYING SOUND I EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE THAT MADE THE HAIR ON THE BACK OF MY NECK STAND UP. WHATEVER THIS ANIMAL WAS IT WASN'T MORE THAN 50 YARDS FROM ME, BUT I COULD NOT SEE IT BUT I KNEW IT COULD SEE ME.
I CONFIDED IN A LONG TIME RESIDENT OF THIS AREA AND TOLD THEM WHAT I SAW. TO MY SURPRIZE THEY WEREN'T SHOCKED. THEY TOLD ME OF A FAMILY OF 3 TO 4 OF THESE ANIMALS LIVING IN THIS AREA AND THAT SEVERAL OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS AREA HAS WITNESSED THEM ALSO.
OTHER WITNESSES: 1 WITNESS, MYSELF.
OTHER STORIES: A NEIGHBOR TOLD ME ABOUT SOME DOGS CHASING ONE IN THE WOODS IN THAT AREA AND THAT SHE WATCHED FOR SOMETIME FROM A HIGH HILL. OTHERS HAVE SAID THEY HAVE SEEN THEM OUTSIDE OF THEIR HOMES. FOR MORE DETAILS YOU WOULD HAVE TO ASK THEM. THIS IS A SUBJECT PEOPLE DON'T LIKE TO TALK ABOUT.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: THE FIRST INCIDENT WAS EARLY MORNING.
SECOND LATE EVENING.
ENVIRONMENT: HILLY, RIDGES, NATURAL SPRINGS, HARDWOODS, THOUSANDS OF WOODED ACRE'S.
Follow-up investigation report:
Witness has been a Correctional Officer for 13 years. Before that, he was a Sherrif's Deputy.
High population of Deer, squirrel, and other animals in the area. Large amount of Hazelnut, Hickory. Blackwalnut, Blackberries, Cedars, Oaks and a few pines.
In '97 he thought he saw something dark crouched down in the woods by his home. Never did get a good look at it.
Caves are located near his home, actually they are old mines. They go in about 200 ft. and have very large openings.