Submitted to BFRO by witness on Sunday, May 4, 2008.
Possible howl heard from Baugo Creek area in Osceola
COUNTY: Elkhart County
NEAREST TOWN: Osceola, Indiana
OBSERVED: May 4th, 3:30 am Sunday morning, Elkhart Indiana.
I am typing this for my brother as he stands here and relates what he experienced. Currently he has no internet hook up.
Our dog Diamond, who is blocked off in the kitchen awoke me wanting to go outside.
I proceeded to the kitchen and opened the door for her. She jumped out and immediately reversed and came back in.
I stood at the door and heard a sound. It most sounded like the clip of the Mississippi howl.
I have never heard anything like that, and it sent chills up my spine.
I have never heard it before or since. I did not notice anything else unusual; except for the dog do not make a sound.
ALSO NOTICED: Just the dogs reaction
OTHER WITNESSES: Just myself
OTHER STORIES: no
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 3:30am early morning
Chilly and misty cold
I don’t recall any moon shine
ENVIRONMENT: woods, swamp and marsh
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Eric Lester:
I spoke with the witness by phone about what he heard that night. The reaction of his dog was very strange. It has never had that reaction to anything before (she would go after anything outside), and was never reluctant to be outside at night. Also, the howl he heard shook him up and made him nervous, which didn’t subside until morning.
The witness stated that the howl was not comparable to anything he has heard before or animal sounds he has subsequently heard online via his sister’s computer. He started searching out the vocalizations on the BFRO website, and found that what he heard that night closely matches the 2004 Moaning Howl from Mississippi. The howl came from the wooded Baugo creek area, which flows north into the St. Joseph River. The far side of the creek from the witness’ house is cornfields and houses.
This location is not too far from a possible sighting that occurred in 2000 (see Report #1786 ).
Below is an aerial view of the Baugo creek area where the howl was heard:
I later was told about a possible encounter at this same area, by this witness’s sister:
“In September 2008, it was night time, and the air conditioner was running, I was putting the pillows back on the couch, and when I came up, in front of me about 10 foot is the south window. I have a thin curtain over it. The curtains are not flesh with the wall, and there is a small light in the corner. I saw two red eyes reflecting through the window. I do not know how long it lasted, and I did not hear anything, because the air conditioner was running.
I don’t know if it was the same night, but it was in the same month of September. My husband and I were in bed, I was reading and he happens to look out at the west window, he said “What the freak is that?”- again it was the same pair of red eyes reflecting through the curtain. It was about 5 to 10 seconds. Again we did not hear anything, the air conditioner was running.
The next day, there were no prints or anything outside our windows. I did measure from where we seen the eyes, and it was 7 foot.
We have not seen or have heard anything since.”