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COUNTY: Union County
LOCATION DETAILS: I-84 to exit 243 north aprox 15 miles off forest roads to Mt. Emily Summit
NEAREST TOWN: LaGrande
NEAREST ROAD: I-84
OBSERVED: While bow hunting on Mt. Emily in 1982 my wife and I took a drive to the summit off exit 243 aprox. 15 miles up the forest road. When we reached the top I noticed what I thought was another hunter sitting at the base of a tree as I turned to take another look what I saw stood up and walked across the road stopping to look at us before it descended down the hill on the other side. I went to where I last saw it I concluded it was aprox 8 ft tall from a tree it had stood next to when it stopped to look our way. I then realized what we had seen was not a hunter or a bear. It was a hot august afternoon no tracks to prove what I had seen but I will never be told otherwise what we observed that day.
OTHER WITNESSES: my wife was driving my truck she observed everything
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 2pm hot clear day
ENVIRONMENT: Forest area, pine trees, dirt roads, steep hillsides. You can see the city of LaGrande once you get to the summit.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Kevin Llewellyn:
I talked to the witness by phone.
He is unsure of the date but said, "I can still see it in my mind." He observed it for one to one and one half minutes, and saw it travel about 100 yards.
He was archery hunting for deer and elk and this is a popular area for hunters. He hunted Mt. Emily for three to four years. The day of this sighting, his wife was driving and at first glance he thought he saw a hunter in a ghillie suit or camouflage sitting at the base of a tree 200 feet away. It was not in bushes. As they drove past, the dark brown figure stood up. They stopped and he got out the door to watch the figure walk down and across the road fifty to seventy five yards behind their vehicle.
The witness remembers it was massive with a huge round head and shoulders three or more feet wide. He saw the arms swing, arms that went to the knees. The hair was long enough to be flowing as it took long strides. He does recall facial features but did not see ears or long nose.
The figure stopped for thirty seconds to look at them and then went out of sight down a steep hill. It was so steep the witness said he would not have wanted to descend it. The figure had stopped by a tree and its head was as high as this eight foot tall tree.
I asked the witness if he remembers a wildlife trail near to where the figure was sitting. He does not know, but there are large game animals in this area. He did not detect any odor. I find him credible.
About BFRO Investigator Kevin Llewellyn:
Kevin has camped, fished and hunted in Eastern Washington all his life. His interest in Sasquatch began when he was 10 years old and saw Roger Patterson present "the" film. He lives and works in Eastern Washington. He has been a veterinarian since 1984, after graduating from Washington State University. He attended Washington BFRO expeditions in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, Oregon in 2015 and 2018, Montana in 2017 and 2018.