Submitted to BFRO by Witness on Tuesday, January 5, 1999.
Motorists witness something “white and furry” crossing Youth Camp Road
COUNTY: Bartholomew County
LOCATION DETAILS: This incident occurred on “Youth Camp Road” around the Bartholomew/Brown county line west of Columbus, Indiana. “Youth Camp Road” is about 4 miles south of State Road 46 that connects Columbus to Nashville, Indiana. Columbus is about 6 miles east of the sighting.
NEAREST TOWN: Columbus
NEAREST ROAD: Youth Camp Road
OBSERVED: The sighting was witnessed by my brother and a friend. My brother told me of the sighting shortly after it happened in the winter of 1992. He has retold it to me a few times over the years, most recently on New Year’s Eve ’98. The story is always the same and never changes. My brother was in high school at the time and had been at a party. The party was supervised by parents at a friend’s house so there was no drinking involved. His friend was driving the family van. After the party, the two boys drove a girl home that lived west of Columbus around the Youth Camp Road area. After dropping the girl off the boys proceeded East on the road back towards State Road 46. My brother states that “something” crossed the road about 50-80 yards in front of the van. He said it walked out of the woods on the left side of the road, crossed the road, and entered the woods again on the right. He said the headlights caught a glimpse of it as it was re-entering the woods on the right side of the road. He said it was completely white and furry. He said that they drove for about 5 minutes in silence without stopping. After about 5 minutes, my brother’s friend said “What the hell was that?” My brother said “I don’t know. I was afraid to say anything because I thought it might have just been my imagination”. According to my brother this is the EXACT dialogue spoken. He said it was big, tall, and covered in white fur. He told me that he didn’t see it clear enough to tell if it was “Bigfoot” like or humanoid, although he said it was about 6ft. tall and walking upright on two legs.
OTHER WITNESSES: Traveling in a van, listening to music and talking.
ENVIRONMENT: The “Youth Camp Road” area is a heavily wooded area with houses sprinkled along the road. Most of these homes are very nice and well built. If you are traveling west towards Youth Camp, the road becomes very hilly and curvy after entering the wooded area. In the winter time, the road becomes very hazardous to travel. The road leads west to Youth Camp. This camp has a really nice home at the entrance. The campgrounds have several shelter houses for various activities. The camp also has a small lake. Inside the camp is an old bridge along the foot trails that fell down. From the new bridge you can see a sign nailed to the old bridge that states “Bigfoot” tore it down (at least it did years ago when I was a kid). Youth Camp Road also crosses the Bartholomew/Brown County line. Brown County is famous for its heavily wooded state park. The Brown County landscape is very hilly. There are several streams in the area. Also, Youth Camp Road is between two large lakes: Harrison Lake and Grandview Lake. The road that the sighting occurred on is very dark and creepy at night.