Geographical Index > United States > Colorado > Mesa County > Report # 14503|
Submitted by witness on Wednesday, April 26, 2006.
Night time sighting by a youth leader at a bible camp near Grand Junction
(Show Printer-friendly Version)
COUNTY: Mesa County
LOCATION DETAILS: I know it was in Grand Junction.
NEAREST TOWN: The Bible camp is located in Grand Junction though.
NEAREST ROAD: Dont remember
OBSERVED: I was about 19 at this time and I was a youth group leader for a bible study in the mountains at a place called "Twin Peaks Bible Camp".
At night we all played games like glow in the dark dodgeball or went inside the cafeteria to play telephone or mystery date. Sometimes before bed we would go out and watch the bats dive bomb small rocks we tossed up into the air under the light above the back door.
Another game we played at night up there is called "Mission Impossible." The idea is that a camp counselor goes into the surrounding woods whitch are cordoned off and hides as best he can. Everyone else (kids and group leaders) goes to find this person so he can give you a slip that says you found him. If you are one of the first five back you get ice cream or cake, some prize of that sort. Meanwhile the other counselors are out with flashlights patrolling around looking for you. If you are spotted you have to go back to the cafeteria and start over.
While I was out looking for the counselor I was hidden in the bushes next to the road leading to the cafeteria. Behind me was the baseball field. It was illuminated by a bright moon out that night. I had ducked into the bushes because two of the counselors who were searching walked right passed me. As I was crouched into the thick of the bushes I was motionless listening for anything that would tip me off to the whereabouts of anyone else. Thats when it struck me I couldent hear any of the regular sounds from the woods. No chirps, no animal rustling, none of the natural sounds I was used to hearing out there night after night.
As I started looking around I heard a light shaking of bushes adjacent to me in the baseball sidelines. I'm crouched about 5 feet from first base and the bushes were moving over by third base. As I watched figuring I would see one of the counselors or another searcher come out of the bushes, something else did. It was huge. Myself, I am 6'4" and leveled off this thing as it came out next to the fence whitch was 4 ft high. The fence came up to what I can only guess was its waist witch I figure would put it about 8' to 8'5" tall, gigantic shoulders and a thin waist like you would expect on a bodybuilder. I was dumbfounded and shocked, but not scared as it didnt seem to know where I was or that I was even there. It stepped out cautiously and took a few steps into the open to cross toward the outfield. About two steps into the field it crouched down and looked toward the road as a couple kids who got caught came around the bend and walked by me with thier backs to the baseball field. Then as they got farther away I looked back and it was on two feet and was moving in a flash. It was across the field in about 5-6 second and into the woods alongside the mountain.
When it ran I could see its whipsy hair in the moonlight, but I couldent make out a color. After It left I emerged from the bushes and spent the last of the evening in the cafeteria. My mother who was a counselor said I must have been cold because I was white as a sheet.
This was not a bear, deer, or elk.
Looking back on a once in a lifetime chance I wish I would have gone and done something fool hardy like tried to walk out to it. Though hindsight is always twenty twenty and I am glad I stayed put and just watched it.
ALSO NOTICED: Too far away to smell anything, and the wind was coming down off the mountain. I saw it in silhouette so I couldn't make out any facial features.
OTHER WITNESSES: Just myself that I am aware of that saw it. No one else said anything.
OTHER STORIES: No I havent been back up there but not by choice. I would like to though, I listened for anything afterward but heard nothing out of the ordinary.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Clear night at around 11pm no wind the only other ambient sound was the river/stream. down the hill.
ENVIRONMENT: Natural wooded forest. Mostly tall pine and random bushes. There is a stream running below the camp about a hundred yards away, and the camp itself is a bunch of cabins set in the side of a mountain.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Dennis Pfohl:
He's a credible witness, and he recently served as an MP in the military. The following notes are from an interview over the phone.
When the figure apparently heard the kids coming along the opposite edge of the ball field, it suddenly spun around and crouched down, wrapping its arms around its legs, turning its back partially towards the road. He said it looked like a large stump in that position. It stayed in that position until the children had left the area. After the kids had passed, it rose up quickly, spun back around and continued in the same direction, but now at a faster pace. He described it as not running but moving very quickly, taking long steps, swinging its arms very wide as it walked into the treeline.
He described its arms as being very defined and muscular in the moonlight. It had a human-like form overall, but its hands came to a position just above its knees. Its head appeared to have a conical shape to it, with what looked to be some matted hair on the back of its head. The hair seemed long on it's forearms, legs and back and it seemed to flow backwards when it moved but he could not tell its color except that it seemed dark in the partial moonlight.
About BFRO Investigator Dennis Pfohl:
Dennis Pfohl is a business owner in Colorado and an avid Outdoorsman. He attended the 2004 New Mexico Expedition (Mescalero IR), 2005 New Mexico Expedition (Mescalero), 2005 California Sierras Expedition, and 2005/2008 Oklahoma exp. 2008 Texas Expedition. Organizer of the first Colorado
BFRO expedition in 2005, and organized the 06,07,08,09,10,11,12 Colorado Expeditions.