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COUNTY: Emanuel County
LOCATION DETAILS: Our river place is on the Ohoopee River next to the Griffin Ferry Bridge. It is about five miles east of Oak Park, Ga.
NEAREST TOWN: Ten miles: Lyons, Ga, small town of Oak Park 4 miles
NEAREST ROAD: Griffin Ferry Road (three miles south of I-16)
OBSERVED: An unseen animal howling LOUDLY while violently shaking a 12X45 mobile home almost off its blocks. My wife and I were awake, she was cleaning in the kitchen, and I was in the living room reading. Suddenly a LOUD howling sound began and at the same moment the trailer began shaking very violently. The howling and the shaking lasted ten seconds, but it was very loud as that of a bull horn. My first response was thinking we were having an earthquake.My second was someone outside somehow making the noise while somehow shaking the trailer. I grabbed my pistol and ran outside. There was nothing moving outside any where.
ALSO NOTICED: The old trailer we were staying in had been empty for more than three years. When we arrived at the river trailer, the main entrance door was/had been forced open. people/vandals and animals had been entering the trailer, for months if not years. We had just returned from a military tour of duty in Germany. We were going to live in the old trailer until I could build a house on the property.
OTHER WITNESSES: My wife and myself, our two children were asleep.
OTHER STORIES: No. I lived on that property for more than 15 years, and hunted the woods, trapped and fished the river and never thought of a Big Foot until I surfed into your site a few months ago and heard the Ohio Howls. It was then that I realized what had happened the night that an earthquake accompanied by a hair-raising howling occurred that cold night in 1982.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: About 2100 hrs. Clear and cold temperature in the mid twenties. dark with no moon
ENVIRONMENT: Rural isolated river bottom, hardwood swamp,with scattered mixed pines
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matt Pruitt:
The witness recounted the event via telephone.
The witness and his wife had purchased the property for the purpose of building a house on the land. Previously, the area had been used as a fishing camp. A trailer sat empty on the property for several years.
The witness and his family were using the trailer as a temporary home while the house was being built.
On the evening of the incident, the trailer began shaking violently, as if a large creature were thrashing it from side to side.
This was accompanied by an incredibly loud howl, which the witness described as identical to the 1994 Ohio - Moaning Howl on the BFRO website. The howl was not only powerfully loud, but resonated inside the small structure, amplifying the sound within. It ascended and descended in pitch, with a siren-like quality.
The witness' wife began screaming in fear, and the shaking and howling suddenly ceased.
The witness retrieved a handgun and went outside, but couldn't see or hear anything in the environment.
It is the witness' interpretation that the animal may have used the abandoned trailer as a temporary shelter in the past, as there were signs of various animals entering and exiting the trailer when they purchased the property. The witness suggests that the animal may have been responding to the shelter being occupied by people on this particular occasion. This may be an accurate interpretation, supported by other stories of sasquatches temporarily occupying abandoned human shelters or structures.
Likewise, there are other accounts across the continent of sasquatches shaking or striking homes and shelters with human occupants.
The Ohoopee River and the surrounding areas have yielded other reports that GA-BFRO members are aware of. It is a heavily forested area, interspersed with rural agricultural plots.
About BFRO Investigator Matt Pruitt:
Matt Pruitt grew up in the mountains of Northeast Georgia, and has been conducting active sasquatch research for several years in various parts of the country.
Matt has attended/organized the following expeditions:
North Carolina - 2007
South Carolina - 2007
North Carolina - 2008
Georgia - 2008 (Expedition Organizer)
Washington (Cascades) - 2008
Washington (Olympic Peninsula) - 2008
Georgia - 2009 (Expedition Organizer)
Washington (Cascades) - 2009
Washington (Olympic Peninsula) - 2009
Oregon - 2010 (Expedition Organizer)
Washington (Olympic Peninsula) - 2010
Georgia - 2010 (Expedition Organizer)
Oklahoma - 2011 (Expedition Organizer)
North Georgia (1) - 2011 (Expedition Organizer)
North Georgia (2) - 2011 (Expedition Organizer)
Arkansas - 2012 (Expedition Organizer)
North Georgia - 2013 (Expedition Organizer)
North Carolina - 2013 (Expedition Organizer)
Matt is a trained visual tracker. During the summer of 2007, Matt co-instructed a tracking course for BFRO members in the Southeast. In 2009, he co-instructed an updated version of the same course for BFRO members in Utah. He currently lives in Northeast Georgia.
He can be contacted at Georgia@BFRO.net