Geographical Index > United States > North Carolina > Macon County > Report # 14075|
Submitted by witness on Friday, March 10, 2006.
Camper describes possible vocalization and rock throwing outside Franklin
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STATE: North Carolina
COUNTY: Macon County
LOCATION DETAILS: [Details removed at request of witness]
NEAREST TOWN: Franklin
NEAREST ROAD: Old Hwy 64
OBSERVED: It was the first week of December 2002. I was camping with my friend [edited], in Macon County, North Carolina.
We had been there 2 days. We decided to take one of our usual late night walks. Because of the weather we were one of only three sites occupied. There was an icestorm on the way and we were planning to leave early the next morning. We had crossed the river and walked about 200 yards to the gates when we were startled by a scream that made the hair on my neck stand up.
I have spent my entire life in the outdoors, much of it in wilderness areas and I have never heard anything like this in my life. I was carrying my sidearm and immediately drew it and aimed my maglite in the direction of the scream. The next thing we knew,several rocks were thrown in our direction. TO say we were frightened would be an understatement. We went back to camp and left early the next morning. Since then we have returned several times, but there have been no further incidents, although we sometimes feel uneasy in one particular area.
ALSO NOTICED: rocks thrown
OTHER WITNESSES: Myself and my friend, walking quietly
TIME AND CONDITIONS: near midnight, moonless icy
ENVIRONMENT: Mountainous numerous streams and rivers very rugged area near the Appalachian Trail. Limited acess, few roads
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Patty Lee:
He and his friend were camping in a remote area at 3160 feet.
Both the Nantahala River and Kismet Creek run nearby which yield several varieties of trout. Hemlocks and rhododendrons cover the area as well. There were a few others there during their two nights but they had been trickling out due to inclement weather.
During their midnight walk, the witness and his friend had noticed a horrible smell thinking it was a dead animal. Moments later, they heard the scream. The scream came from about 100 yards from where they were walking and only lasted a few seconds. He said it was similar to the Ohio howl but was more shrill. Three to five seconds later, six "fist sized" rocks were thrown at them and landed around them. The rocks came from the direction of the scream. The witness and his friend were armed and had a flashlight. They noticed no other movement or strange sounds the remainder of the evening. The next morning they left the area.
The following May they returned and hiked around and noticed a particular area that made them feel uneasy. They noticed matted down brush as though a large animal had bedded down there previously.
The witness currently resides in Florida and is a carpenter by profession. He is an avid hiker and backpacker.
About BFRO Investigator Patty Lee:
Patty Lee (photo) lives near Charleston, SC and is a member of the Southeastern BFRO Tracking Team
- B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado
- Certified Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT)
- Traveled and camped extensively in Canada, Alaska, and Lower 48
- Former manager of a high end climbing and wilderness outfitting retailer in Virginia
- Organized the BFRO's November 2007 expedition in South Carolina
Patty attended the following BFRO expeditions: