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Report # 42351  (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Sunday, October 27, 2013.
Strange findings along a trail near a home outside Lake City
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YEAR: 2013

SEASON: Spring

MONTH: April

DATE: 10

STATE: Michigan

COUNTY: Missaukee County

LOCATION DETAILS: Removed for privacy reasons.


OBSERVED: We received a voice mail from a witness, and he stated "I live near Lake City on 66. It's really weird because I'm having some stuff happen out here, and I was really wondering if there is somebody in my area. I'm right by Missaukee Mountain and its all forest and swamps."

I am Investigator Kim Fleming and I am filing this report on behalf of the witness. I returned the witness' phone call and can add:

There is ongoing activity near the home since early spring of 2013. The witness' first encounter was while walking in an area of pines. He heard a wood knock so loud that it frightened him significantly. He actually thought he had been shot at. He also heard several whistles coming from an area of the woods where he regularly walks. Several sets of tracks have been found, large and small.

OTHER WITNESSES: One other witness has seen tracks in his yard which is right behind where the witness lives.

ENVIRONMENT: The incidents have mostly occurred in a patch of pine trees about 25 to 30 feet tall. There is only a few houses in this area and surrounding area is a mix of pine forest, hardwoods, higher elevation and swamps.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Kim Fleming:

I have been investigating this report since April 2013. The witness has cast several sets of prints. The most recent set included a set of possible juvenile prints at 9.5 inches. See photo of the casts:

A larger print found was measured at 14.5 inches, here is a photo of the cast:

Both the adult print and juvenile prints show toes and are consistent with the expected structure. The witness also found possible prints leading from a neighbor's house to the driveway.

November 2013 - the witness has begun finding mushrooms placed approximately 5 feet off the ground in the crotch of the pine trees along the trail he walks regularly.

Photo of our witness next to a mushroom find:

No one else walks this little trail as it is located on private property. The witness has collected several mushrooms over several different days. He also found a twisted plant laying on the ground in the middle of the path near the entrance by the road.

When I visited the site later in November, we found mushrooms on two occasions:

On the second day we also found another twisted plant on a pine tree branch near the mushrooms:

Later, upon returning to the witness' home, I was showing the plant to his girlfriend when I decided to smell the plant. The root and the flower smelled normal, but the section in the middle smelled like fish. All four of us agreed concerning the smell. That smell faded within a few hours.

I also found a dumping station for road kill, not two miles from this location, see photos:

Note the tree break and trail close to one of the deer carcasses dumped at the location:

January 2014 - the witness reported seeing three large, dark colored creatures he thought were either people or possible bears, at the high point of a local ski area. The reported sighting was followed up by an immediate visit with the operators of the area. When they were asked about people being at the top of the hill, the response was, "No one is up there! No one can get up there! The slope is too steep and rocky!" The witness pressed in stating that he saw three figures at the top of the hill, but was repeatedly told that he must be mistaken. When the witness walked back out to his car, the figures were gone. The witnessí girlfriend also saw the three figures. Several families, including many children were sledding the area at the time.

January 2014 - On another occasion, the witness was scouting an area we had visited before near the sighting above. Previously, we had found some interesting stick formations. When the witness returned to the area, he found additional interesting stick structures. He tried to get a closer look, but was stopped by the hip deep snow. As he was working his way back to his car, he heard several noises coming from just over a nearby ridge. He reported several instances of large branches being snapped. The witness responded with a whistle that he uses while walking in the area of his first encounters and heard a very loud knock in response. The knocks continued and the witness and at one point, he stated that he felt like he "was enveloped by something and he could not move." He was scared! When he was finally able to move, he left the area immediately. He was concerned that something may come over the ridge looking for him. This incident occurred in mid-afternoon, temperatures ranging in the single digits. The witness is conducting his own research in the surrounding area and the BFRO will continue to assist this witness.

About BFRO Investigator Kim Fleming:

Kim is a high school science teacher and uses Bigfoot research techniques to teach about scientific method. She has been interested in researching Bigfoot since 2008 and her husband experienced a sighting in Florida in 1976. Her interests include hiking, being outdoors, birding and working with young adults. Kim attended the 2012 and 2013 Michigan UP expedition and has done research in the Mio area and Traverse City area of Michigan.

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