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COUNTY: Dyer County
LOCATION DETAILS: near the cross on lanes ferry hwy of of 51 hwy
NEAREST TOWN: Dyersburg TN
NEAREST ROAD: hwy 51
OBSERVED: It was a Saturday morning in August, a friend and I were going hunting. We were driving down Lanes Ferry Hwy about 5:00am when we came around a curve and some thing ran across the road in front of us in the headlights. I looked at my buddy and said "did you see that?" and he said "Yes, what was it?" I said it looked like a baby bigfoot. He said that's what he thought also but wanted to make sure i did too. He was about 4 or 5 ft tall and you could see his arms swinging when he ran ran across the road from one cow pasture to the other headed towards the bluff and the river in the same direction as where we were going to hunt.
OTHER WITNESSES: One other person was in the car
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Early morning still dark. Clear skies
ENVIRONMENT: Near the Obion River but where we saw him was on top of the bluff near the cross
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Tony Gerard:
I was able to talk with the witness by phone. He stressed that the sighting was brief and so sudden that the driver did not even have time to hit the brakes. The car came very close to hitting the creature.
The witness stressed that the creature was running very fast, somewhat "hunched over, like a person running fast" with its long arms swinging. Although the creature was 5 feet or less in height, it's body build did not seem slender. This may have been due to the thickness of the body hair. The dark brown body hair was comparable in length and texture to an English sheepdog according to the witness. He did not notice any facial details.
About BFRO Investigator Tony Gerard:
Tony Gerard is a community college biology professor.