Geographical Index > United States > Iowa > Dubuque County > Report # 25071|
Submitted by witness on Tuesday, November 18, 2008.
Daylight sighting by a roofing contractor near the Mississippi River, south of Dubuque
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COUNTY: Dubuque County
LOCATION DETAILS: South of the city of Dubuque in Northeast Iowa, very near the Mississippi River.
NEAREST TOWN: Dubuque
NEAREST ROAD: Old Davenport Rd.
OBSERVED: Around 7am, let's say the first week of November of 2007, I was making a phone call to try and get some help on a very large roof I was working on. Standing to the right of the house, facing the back, is a large open grassy field surrounded by woods. I was looking to the back staring at this particular tree that stood out to me, when suddenly something very tall, very large, stepped away from the tree looking at me. My arm with the phone dropped and my jaw dropped and I was thinking to myself, "What the **** is that!".
It's fur was brown to reddish brown and it covered the entire body that I could see from the waist up. Just as quickly as I had seen it, it made its way across the field in a matter of seconds. I was on the phone but I took note of where I was standing and what was around me. Next to me were a couple of snowmobiles and about 5 feet in front of me was a red quad and I was on the far right corner of concrete pad. The grass was very high because the day before I had noticed a couple of deer walking through the field and all I could see was their back, neck and heads.
The next day my brother-in-law came out and we walked back where I saw this thing. When I looked back towards the house I couldn't see the red quad or the snowmobiles at all.
I saw no clear footprints out there. There were lots of trails through the grass that could have been made by anything.
When this thing ran across the field it was slightly leaning forward. It had to have been at least 7 or 8 feet tall in order for me to see its entire upper body over the grass.
The next day when I showed up I couldn't get in the house because the alarm had been triggered. I called the home owner and he said that something triggered the basement door alarm and a basement window alarm that night. He had to leave in a hurry and forgot to reset the alarm. I thought that was very interesting, but I did not tell him what I had seen the morning before.
ALSO NOTICED: ask me about the alarms.
OTHER WITNESSES: no,just me
OTHER STORIES: I have heard another story about a place approx. 5 or 6 miles south east of there, in a little town of Saint Catherines.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: early morning around 7am
ENVIRONMENT: Large grassy field surrounded by thick woods
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Steve Moon:
Witness was standing on the base of a basketball hoop stand, the type that is filled with sand, looking toward the woods which were behind the house, about a football field away. A tall hairy creature stepped away from behind a tree off to his right, looked at him and quickly took off “like a deer” across the field. It took long strides and was leaning forward. The hair of the creature was light brown and reddish, as if sun-faded.
Witness speculates that the creature had been in the area for a while. The day after the observation he could not get into the house to do contracting work because alarms were triggered at a back door and a back window. The owner’s daughter said that the alarms were triggered during the night. The dad said that no one ever used the door under the deck where one alarm was triggered. The window where the second alarm was triggered was on the other side of a small pond by the deck. Witness wonders if the creature was curious and looked into the house, which had dogs in it at the time.
In the phone interview I found the witness' report to be compelling and the witness credible.
The area where this sighting occurred is at the edge of an upland, very near the Mississippi River. The timber that the creature escaped into could easily be followed a few miles east to the river. The timber is on the edge of a large valley that intersects the Mississippi River valley, and the general topography is very dramatic with pronounced relief, especially this close to the river.
About BFRO Investigator Steve Moon:
A native of southeast Iowa, Steve has long been a cave explorer, and general outdoor adventurer. He is currently working as a professional research librarian.
Steve attended Michigan Upper Peninsula public and private expeditions 2008, 2009 and 2012. He has organized ten private expeditions in NE Iowa, in 2008 through 2012. He attended two private expeditions in Illinois, and one public expedition in Minnesota in 2010, and public and private expeditions in Illinois and Wisconsin in 2011 and 2012. Steve organized the BFRO IOWA Hill Country Expedition in 2011 and 2012 .
Steve is currently preparing to organize the BFRO IOWA Big River Expedition 2013.