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COUNTY: Stevens County
LOCATION DETAILS: Highway 231 and Sanctuary Way Intersection
Google Maps pin (copy and paste into browser): https://goo.gl/maps/iRUy4Uj95DTs91sd8
NEAREST TOWN: Springdale Wa
NEAREST ROAD: Highway 231
OBSERVED: Friday Oct 22, 9:40 pm I had just left our local school homecoming football game in Springdale Washington, with 2 of my children and a friend of theirs (2 High School freshman and a mid schooler). We were driving south on Highway 231 and as we approached Sanctuary Way (47.9763678, -117.7323568) just off the highway in the ditch I noticed a very large black "thing" in the tall yellow, uncut grass. I initially thought it may be a black wolf, so i slowed down and stared at it as we approached. By the time we drove to it, we were traveling about 35-40 MPH.
As we reached it I was in shock and amazement as it was an ape like figure hunched down in the ditch staring right at me. From the crouched position he/she took two steps away from the road. It was almost as it was slow motion as it felt our eyes were locked and its head was on a swivel as we rolled by. I wished I had slammed on the brakes but we had 2 cars behind us and I was literally shocked. We turned at the first turnout available 60 yards up the road) let the cars go by and returned to the location but did not see or hear anything at all.
I am still perplexed at this sighting as I clearly seen everything from Face, Head, Arms, Legs etc. They were all very well defined and covered with short hair/fur (with the exception of the lower forehead, eyes and nose.
OTHER WITNESSES: 4
OTHER STORIES: I have heard of one instance in the vicinity occurring two months prior. Other than that just stories from Grandparents of sightings by them decades ago.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 9:40 pm, Overcast and slight sprinkles. It had been raining most of the afternoon and evening.
ENVIRONMENT: Mix of Farmland, trees and small mountains
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
I spoke with witness Rudy Peone by phone. He is credible and available to speak with local journalists about this recent incident, 25 miles northwest of Spokane.
The incident happened at night but there were multiple witnesses. The other witnesses were children who were facing each other and talking when the figure first came into the drivers view. They turned to look just as the vehicle was passing the figure. They didnít see the same amount of details as the driver but they did all see a big dark figure among the yellow grass, illuminated peripherally by the headlights. They also saw that the figure was no longer there when the driver eventually turned around and drove back for a second look.
The driver, Rudy, said the figure was apparently sitting on the edge of the ditch roughly three feet from the edge of the road. It was facing north. Itís back was facing south. The road runs diagonally SW to NE in that section, so the figure would have seen vehicles approaching from the north.
Rudy said it stepped away from the ditch edge and into the ditch as it was still haunched over, as if it was trying to avoid the headlights. Then it turned to watch as the vehicle passed by.
He is certain that it walked on two legs and has two arms and hands and a head more like a human than a bear or wolf.
About BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
Matthew Moneymaker is originally from the Los Feliz District of Los Angeles, California.
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
- Founder of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization,1995.
- Writer and co-producer of the Discovery Channel documentary "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science", 2001.
- Co-producer of the TV Series "Mysterious Encounters" for the Outdoor Life Network (OLN Channel), 2002.
- Producer of the "2003 International Bigfoot Symposium" (Willow Creek Symposium) DVD set, 2004.
- Co-host of "Finding Bigfoot" on Animal Planet Channel, 2010 - 2017.
- Current Director of the BFRO