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DATE: July 1
STATE: North Carolina
COUNTY: Orange County
LOCATION DETAILS: We have 26 acres on the Eno River.
[Investigator (MM) notes:
GPS for where the daughter saw it at sundown near the basketball net:
Father spotted it a few days later during the day. It was 30 feet or so into the woods a bit further down the asphalt driveway (see aerial image below). It popped up from behind the large uprooted rootball of a tree that he says has fallen over sideways but is still alive.
NEAREST TOWN: Hillsborough
NEAREST ROAD: Valley Wood Rd
OBSERVED: My 17 yr old daughter was home alone with our 5 dogs on 6/24/2022. At dusk she saw something very large on 2 feet standing at the edge of our woods. Dogs never barked. When she looked at it it spun around and walked off fast.
I thought she was seeing things until today 7/1/2022. I began to walk up our driveway and heard a stick snap in woods and looked to my right and about 30’ I saw a very large being walking away from me down a path in our woods. I stepped back and got one more glance of it.
I immediately texted my 17 yr old and said I need to know where you saw what you saw and what it was. She came home and showed me. She said it was behind the basketball net and almost as tall as bottom of the net.
She saw it for a few seconds from behind as it walked back quickly into the woods and out of her view. Right after that she heard what she thinks was the sound of it running away deeper into the woods.
She described it as dark in color and on two legs. I drew what I saw and she said yes that is what I saw too.
Gonna be honest I did not believe they existed until today. I archery hunt our woods all the time and have never seen anything like this.
ALSO NOTICED: I looked for tracks and could find none. I searched for scat and found none.
OTHER WITNESSES: 2
OTHER STORIES: No
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Dusk and mid-day
ENVIRONMENT: We have a Creek and also Eno River on our property
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
I spoke with both the father and daughter. They are credible and certain about what they saw. Neither knew much about the bigfoot subject before these incidents. They had never heard of the term "Patterson footage" before but both recognized the image when they looked it up. Both saw similarites with what they saw. They emphasized the height of the figure they observed. That is what immediately convinced them it was not a human.
Both said it had very dark fur. The daughter saw the whole body briefly next to a basketball court. The father saw only the shoulders and head as it walked away fast, but he caught it from two different angles as it walked downhill toward the Eno River.
The father said there is a tree near the driveway that has fallen over but is still alive (with some roots apparently intact). The rest of the rootball is sticking up in the air. When he spotted the figure it seemed to pop up from behind that rootball before walking fast down the hill toward the river.
The family is very intrigued by the odd behavior of their dogs. Only one of the dogs is allowed to roam freely around the whole property. That dog doesn't leave the property (as the other dogs will do if allowed to roam freely). It typically chases any small animals it sees or hears near the home, or at least barks at deer. For some reason that dog, like the others, is very reserved when this creature is around. It does not bark at it nor chase it.
Interesting speculation by the wife:
The wife surmises that the bigfoot has "made friends" with that dog, because the dog is free to wander the property all the way to the river, so it has likely encountered the creature before. The only time it does not bark and chase things approaching the house is when there are people approaching with whom the dog has already "made friends" .... so that must have happened with this creature already, by her reckoning.
On aerial images the property looks flat but it is actually hilly terrain. He has 26 acres abutting the nearby Eno River. He hunts it for archery but sparingly. The property sits next to conservation land where there is no hunting allow but the public is allowed to walk the trails during the day. There is also no hunting by the public on other neighboring properties, so the surrounding area is a defacto deer sanctuary.
He says deer will be present and visible in the area and on his property sometimes, for long stretches, like right now. At other times it seems there are no deer in the area.
I have urged him to set up a few concealed security cameras on the side of the garage aimed at the woods near the basketball court. He will also look for a way to conceal a trail camera facing the rootball where the figure was positioned. He says that spot has an excellent view of a field that deer move through.
About BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
Matthew Moneymaker is originally from the Los Feliz District of Los Angeles, California.
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
- Founder of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization,1995.
- Writer and co-producer of the Discovery Channel documentary "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science", 2001.
- Co-producer of the TV Series "Mysterious Encounters" for the Outdoor Life Network (OLN Channel), 2002.
- Producer of the "2003 International Bigfoot Symposium" (Willow Creek Symposium) DVD set, 2004.
- Co-host of "Finding Bigfoot" on Animal Planet Channel, 2010 - 2017.
- Current Director of the BFRO