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COUNTY: Graham County
LOCATION DETAILS: Take route 366 to the top of Mt. Graham. Pass the Riggs Flat Lake turnoff and take the first jeep trail to the left that heads back towards the lake.
NEAREST TOWN: Safford, AZ
NEAREST ROAD: State Route 366
OBSERVED: Two buddies and I were camping on the top of Mt. Graham in an undeveloped campsite just past the turnoff for Riggs Flat Lake. It was the middle of September, 1995.
The first night we were sitting around our campfire at about 10:00 pm when we all heard a loud unidentified blood curdling scream. It was like nothing we had heard before - not human or any other animal like an elk or something that we had heard before. The noise came from about 200-300 feet in the distance. We heard the scream about two or three times over the course of 15 minutes. We all commented about the noise like, "what was that?" But, we just kind of laughed it off.
Later that night, at about 2-3 am, we were sleeping in the tent when we heard "something big" creeping behind our tent. It was definitely bipedal, because we could hear the pine needles crunching under the footsteps of whatever it was. You could also tell it was big and had some weight to it. We were so creeped out that I grabbed my 9 mm pistol and cocked it, and when we got the nerve we stuck our heads out of the tent and looked around. Nothing was there.
The next morning I looked for footprints, but couldn't see any because of the pineneedles covering the ground. The next night the same thing happened at about the same time - something big on two legs was walking outside of our tent. When we looked out it was gone.
OTHER WITNESSES: Including myself, there were three witnesses. During the screams, we were all sitting around the campfire talking. During the visitation, we were sleeping in the tent.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Scream occurred about 10 pm, and the unidentified visitor came about 2-3 am. Weather was cool and crisp, but clear. It was very dark, not much of a moon if any.
ENVIRONMENT: Alpine forest. Pines, aspens on the top of Mt. Graham - approx. 11,000 feet in elevation.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Richard Hucklebridge:
Talked with Heath D. this morning about the sounds and movements that he and his friends heard in their camp on Mt. Graham. This mountainous area that the eleven thousand-foot Mt. Graham is located in, is an island in the desert southwest, and its roads are closed from November through April due to the deep snow conditions. This area has numerous springs and also has elk, deer and bear with in its natural boundaries.
The main reason Heath reported this incident is that the screaming sounds that he and his friends heard were on our BFRO web sight, and they were identical to the screams that was witnessed on that 1995 camping trip.