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COUNTY: Humboldt County
LOCATION DETAILS: [Investigatior (MM) Note:
The figure crossed Patrick Point Road roughly 100-200 feet north of the CAL FIRE Trindad Forest Fire Station, which is one mile north of the town center of Trinidad.
GPS: 41.077296, -124.146107 ]
NEAREST TOWN: Trinidad
NEAREST ROAD: Patricks Point Road
OBSERVED: On Wednesday, February 20, 2013, I was driving with three other women to Trinidad, California, to attend a 3-day quilting event. With me in the car were Gloria Y. in the front passenger seat, my sister Jeanette Williams, and my sister in law, Carmen T., in the back seat.
It was close to 5:00 p.m. when we arrived in the Trinidad area on highway 101. However, I missed the exit for Trinidad and had to drive up to the next one to go back. I couldn’t get back on the highway there, so had to turn south onto Patricks Point Road to get back to Trinidad.
The sun was shining through the trees. As I drove, someone stepped out onto the road in front of me. He wasn’t dangerously close, but close enough to cause me to slow down and say something along the lines of “What an asshole!” As I got nearer to him, my first thought was, “He’s really tall.” My second thought was, “What is he wearing? He’s got something on that is solid black from head to toe, and there aren’t any lines to denote a jacket, or a collar or pant legs.”
He appeared to be in silhouette, with the sun behind him. He was walking east to west. My next thought was, “His arms are down to his knees!” Lastly, I thought he was trim, with broad shoulders like Michael Phelps. He was totally smooth. However, I could not see his face. He seemed to be looking away from us.
He was walking with a purposeful stride, and didn’t take very many steps to cross in front of us. It only took a few seconds for me to reach the spot he crossed. I looked right, where he would have stepped off the road, and all there was, was thick brush and trees. I had expected a path or clearing, if he was going to cross there, because on the left where he stepped out was forested land, right next to some sort of fire station, a white building with an American flag on a flagpole.
At any rate, we all wondered, “What was that!” And Bigfoot came to mind.
After we got settled into our motel rooms, we compared our impressions. My sister, Jeanette Williams, decided to make a report to the BFRO. She entered a report onto the BFRO website. Sometime after we had returned home, someone from BFRO called Jeanette to ask her to repeat her story and to invite us to a town hall meeting being held that spring. It was too far for us to go back. My sister and Carmen had work commitments, so we didn’t go.
OTHER WITNESSES: Four witnesses. We were driving south to Trinidad, with reservations for the Trinidad Inn, located a few miles north of this sighting, on Patricks Point Road.
OTHER STORIES: Not prior to this incident. I was aware that Humboldt County had several sightings, but not being a believer, I didn't pay attention.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: A little after 5:00 p.m. The sun was shining through the trees.
ENVIRONMENT: Forested. Just before a fire station.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
I spoke with this witness at length. She is a senior from the Sacramento area, very credible and clear about what she and the other passengers observed that afternoon crossing Patrick Point Road.
This is the middle of the Redwoods region, not far from Redwoods National Park.
The figure may have been 150 feet in front of her vehicle when she first saw it, and then half that distance when it went out of view.
It wasn't just its appearance that made her think it was a bigfoot after the incident. It was also the fact that it emerged from solid brush and trees, where there is no trail or driveway, and then it disappeared into solid brush and trees on the other side of the road.
This part of this county in California is among the top 10 most likely places in America to see a sasquatch.
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