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COUNTY: Ottawa County
LOCATION DETAILS: The location is Ottawa county Oklahoma. About 5 miles from the Devils Promenade Bridge heading west. And about 4 miles from the town of Peoria.
NEAREST TOWN: Peoria
NEAREST ROAD: Interstate 44
OBSERVED: I was 16 years old. I am 33 now. Me an my three younger sisters was coming back from visiting our baby cousin was recently born. It was about 10 pm driving down the road headed back home. We see a figure walking down the side of the road just like causal. I mention to my sister in the front seat it's awful late to be walking down a dark road without any type of lights. I slow down as i come up behind him. He stood about 9 to 10 feet tall with almost like a dark fur coat. He slowly turns his head and he had the evilest yellow eyes I have ever seen. By this time my younger sisters are in the back seat screaming an crying saying don't stop Ernie. I proceed to lock the doors and speed off. To this day we all have the same story. My sister's ages at the time is 15 8 6.
OTHER WITNESSES: 3 other witnessness my sister's Melissa Roher Amanda Elliott and Connie Roher. We were heading back from visiting our baby cousin.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It happened around 10 or 11 at night. The weather conditions were clear and slightly below normal temps. Lighting was non existent due to it being on a disolate back country road.
ENVIRONMENT: The environment was quite. Wooded areas on both sides of the road. About 3 miles to the east is the interstate overpass.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Carter Buschardt:
The witness and I spoke via phone. He was excited and thankful to finally tell his story. He and his three sisters discuss it every time they are reminded of the event by the mention of a report or sighting.
He was driving his sisters back from a family visit between 10-11 pm on a country road back in 2001. Older sister was in the front and 2 younger ones in the back. He was driving down an unlit road about 40 mph or so. When he first saw the creature it was about 125-150 feet away. The creature was walking same direction and was on the drivers side of the car. (Other side of the road). And I clarified this with him as I am writing the report. He clarified with his sisters last night.
He started slowing down immediately. He was going no more than 5 miles an hour and told his 2 younger sisters in the back seat to get down and lay flat. He is pretty sure they didn't do it right away even though they were frightened.
The creature made eye for only a second. It kept the casual walk and made no effort to run or alter his path. Color was a dark brown, not black.
About BFRO Investigator Carter Buschardt:
Carter is originally from Texas & moved to Missouri in 1988. Professional drummer for 20 years. Improv & sketch comic and writer for 5 years. Lighting technician for major touring groups for several years. Experienced outdoorsman and was a trained investigator for MUFON. Studied Herpetology in college. Longtime special interest in Sasquatch long term habituation, burial research, infra sound, language & stick structures. He led three Missouri BFRO Public Expeditions:, 2012 & 2013 & 2014. Led public expedition for BFRO in Illinois in 2019.Participated in Iowa, 2012 Illinois. Michigan 2016. Private Expeditions: Illinois 2011, 2012, 2013. Missouri 2011, 2012 (3) 2013(2) 2014. Iowa 2012, 2014 & 2015. Consulted on two Animal Planet Finding Bigfoot TV shows. Expedition leader in Missouri 2013 (1) & 2014 (2) & Illinois Expedition 2019 (1). Led night ops on numerous BFRO expeditions. Hosted a public Town Hall meeting in Missouri in 2017.