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Submitted by witness on Sunday, May 4, 2008.
Sundown sighting by motorists near Rhode Island state border
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DATE: Sunday May 4th
COUNTY: Worcester County
LOCATION DETAILS: The location was on route 146 north bound lane on the right side shoulder of the highway near the woodline it was approx. 1/2 mile to 3/4 mile from where route 146 enters massachusetts from Rhode Island boader. Just before the exit for S. Uxbridge N. Smithfield.
NEAREST TOWN: South Uxbridge exactly .5 mile from Rhode Island boarder
NEAREST ROAD: It occured on route 146 north bound lane right side shoulder
OBSERVED: I was driving northbound on route 146. I was driving with my sister (the only other person in the car) and she was looking down at her I-Pod and was in the front passenger seat. The traffic was average not too many cars but a few, and I was doing about 65-68 mph. I looked about 3/4 of a mile ahead and saw something off to the rightside of the highway not on the highway but near the woodline on the grass. At first it looked like someone possibly in a gilley suit but then as I got closer I couldn't believe my eyes because it looked just like what you hear about and see artist renderings of a bigfoot like creature. It was too tall to be a person in a suit approx. 7-8ft tall and very broad with black hair. I couldn't see any specific facial features or chest features as it turned into the woods when i was about 1/8 of a mile away. It was walking parralell to the woodline then took a 90 degree turn into the woods. When I saw this I immediately slowed down to about 50mph and looked intently into the woodline by this time I was able to get my sisters attention (she was listening to music on the I-Pod looking down) we both stared into the woods and Icouldn't see anything but see thinks she saw something black moving in the woods. I still can't believe what I saw, there was no cars parked on the left or right shoulders of the highway. The creature did not appear to be running the entire sighting lasted for 7-8 seconds. I am very sure of what I saw it was a dark haired looked very much like a bear walking on two legs.
OTHER WITNESSES: My sister was the only other person in the car and she was looking down at her I-pod at the time, by the time she looked up the creature had turned into the woods and I told her to look into the woodline and see if she saw something, she thinks she saw something black in the woods.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: The incident occured at exactly 7.02 pm with clear skies and temp. was at approx. 55 degrees farenheit.
ENVIRONMENT: The environment was off to the right shoulder of the highway near the woodline. I have looked on google earth and there is a small pond and densely wooded area about .4 mile from the sigthing area.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator D.A. Brake (PhD):
I spoke with the witness by phone and he recalled the early evening sighting with high similarity to the written submission. The following additional information was obtained during the 20 minute interview.
The witness observed the biped animal for a total duration of approximately 8-10 seconds. At least one, possibly two cars were moving in the same direction approximately 0.5 miles in front of the witness's car and passed directly by the creature. The witness did not recall seeing brake lights illuminated on these cars,suggesting that these cars did not slow down or stop.
The witness stated that the animal appeared to walk with a slight forward lean and had long arms that were held down along side a lean framed body. Along with dark, black hair the creature appeared to have patches of light grayish hair on its chest. Further physical features could not be identified due to the distance of the sighting.
The witness observed the animal moving in the opposite direction of his car (walking directly toward the witness) and completed approximately 10 to 12 steps before disappearing into the woodline. The approximate distance from the road to the woodline is 15 yards.
The sighting occurred in the Eastern New England Upland region which is marked by rolling hills populated by hardwoods (oaks, red maple and eastern white pines) with numerous small lakes and ponds. Within 1/4 mile of the sighting there is swamp and a powerline that runs roughly parallel to Rt. 146. In relative proximity to the sighting are forest patches ranging is size from 250 to >2500 acres.
About BFRO Investigator D.A. Brake (PhD):
D. Brake holds a PhD in Immunology and attended the Maine 2008 expedition.