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COUNTY: Morris County
LOCATION DETAILS: See report
NEAREST TOWN: Texarkana
OBSERVED: We left Longview at 1:30 am in 2 cars me my wife in 1 car Joe and Elisha 1 car we were following a car with a man and boy we didn't know . While xrosing the Big Pine forrest between 2:30 n 3 am we noticed an animal on the left side of road 2 lane country rd . It ran behind the 1st car right in front of the 2 car with Joe. I was in passenger seat wife was driving . We saw it with all 3 cars headlights , it stood in ditch on right hand side of road .6Ft red eyes long red orange hair long arms.
OTHER WITNESSES: Driving in 3 cars
OTHER STORIES: Yes
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Clear cool night
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Carter Buschardt:
I had a very nice detailed conversation with the reporting witness. They were headed back to Arkansas from Longview Texas in two cars. Witness and his wife in one car and his friend and his wife in another. Somewhere along the way in the Big Piney Woods forest in Texas they got behind another vehicle. The three vehicles traveled alone on the 2 lane county road through the forest.
Reporting witness was in the last car, riding shotgun. His friend was in the middle car and the father son duo were in the lead car.
As they approached a long dark stretch of road the lead car hit his brakes and gradually started slowing down. All three cars were fairly evenly spaced and they all slowed together. The line of cars was about 125-150 feet long, including spacing between the cars. The witness was curious as to why they were stopping, but figured it was an animal, debris or car trouble and no big deal.
As they slowed to about 20 MPH or so the reporting witness saw " a creature on the left hand side of the road. It was crouched down and had it's head down looking at the road (like it wanted to cross)". It then "stood up and took three big steps (or awkward jumps) and easily cleared the road between the first and second cars". The side it jumped from had a nice flat shoulder and the other side of the road had a 5-6 ft deep drainage ditch. When it hit the ditch it stopped, turned around and just looked slightly over it's shoulder towards the woods from their direction as they were still slowly moving.
Witness stated that the creature "was about eye level with his eyes" and estimated the height of the creature to be 8.5 to 9 feet in height based on his seating height plus the drainage ditch depth. All 6 witnesses had a clear unobstructed view of the creature for 1 to 1.5 minutes and the headlights lit it up very well.
Description by witness is mostly unchanged: Reddish hair (Orangutan like) with very long arms, eyes reflecting red from headlights. Since it was looking slightly away they could not make out facial features. Instead of stopping to discuss what just happened, all three cars resumed speed and did not stop until they reached a gas station after a 30-45 minute drive.
They all got out and the conversation was quite animated. Witness and his wife, and his buddy and his wife were quite certain what they saw, but the father son duo in the lead car were trying to come up with another explanation. What they ALL agreed on was it was something they had never seen before. The two couples were very forest savvy and were hunters and knew for certain what it wasn't. The father in the lead car was just bewildered.
Note: the witnesses first estimate in height was 6 ft or so, and after realizing it was standing in a ditch after clearing the road, plus rethinking the event, he stated 8 ft minimum was more like it. But no matter the height, the creature was what it was. They sat on this for nearly 40 years before coming forward.
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.