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Report # 8454  (Class A)
Submitted by witness on Wednesday, April 7, 2004.
Multiple witness sighting on Hwy. 16 near the Emanuel/Candler county line

YEAR: 2004

SEASON: Spring

MONTH: April


STATE: Georgia

COUNTY: Emanuel County

NEAREST TOWN: Swainsboro


OBSERVED: I am mainly submitting this report to see if any one else has recently submitted a report in this location for the same date. On Thursday April 1st at around 9:00 a.m. myself wife and two sons were on our way to Hilton Head for spring break, We were also following my Parents. As we were coming down the hill on Hwy 16 East (about a mile from the Swainsboro exit) which is a four lane highway two lanes on each side seperated by a large median, most of the area in this part of middle GA is swamp or marsh. Fairly heavy traffic was around us too, which I should explain as about 3 cars right around us with about a hundred yard break and then at least 5 to 6 more. The group of cars is where this happened. The group of cars in front of us were approaching a wooded area in the median (which widens even furter at that point, and on either side of the highway was dense woods) at this point something came out of the woods on the right side of the road and sprinted across the road almost right in front of a semi. What was so strange was that this thing seem to clear 2 lanes in 2 steps. At his point I was trying to rationalize why a man would do this and not wait for a break in traffic. I watched leap in to the woods. At this point I looked at my wife and and without a word she looked back and said did you see that. I immediatley called my parents in front of us and my mom answered the phone and her first words did you see that and what was it. All i can tell you is it moved at lightening speed my wife said she saw it go across the other 2 lanes. But we all had the same conclusion it was large because you could see the comparison of its head as it seemed to run in front of a long nosed Peterbuilt semi. Another oddity is that it ws completely black from head to toe.

OTHER WITNESSES: 3 that I am sure of I wish I could have asked the trucker


ENVIRONMENT: Heavily wooded and several marshes near

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matt Pruitt:

I interviewed the witness via telephone.

When the animal entered the eastbound lanes of the highway, it was nearly struck by the large semi. The other vehicles immediately slammed on their brakes as the animal entered the road.

It was able to cross the eastbound lanes in about two strides. The witness watched the animal as it entered the wooded median. The witness' wife was able to keep her eyes on the animal as it walked through the median and crossed the westbound lanes.

After the animal crossed the road, the witness was able to confirm that his parents had seen the animal as well.

The witness was able to see that the truck driver was visibly shaken by what he had seen.

The creature was described as much taller than an average man, with a huge stride length. It's movements were incredibly fast, and fluid. It was completely black in color.

I found the witness to be highly credible, with a clear memory of the event.

It is my opinion that the size and speed of the bipedal creature (as well as its potentially fatal decision to cross a busy highway) eliminate the possibility that it was a human.

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.

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