Submitted to BFRO by witness on Wednesday, June 6, 2007.
Nighttime sighting by motorists near Turkey Run State Park
COUNTY: Parke County
LOCATION DETAILS: About 3 to 4 miles south of the Turkey Run State Park & School on Hwy 41.
NEAREST TOWN: Marshal
NEAREST ROAD: Hwy 41
OBSERVED: We were then living in Ohio. My husband had photography work to do and was being transferred to Indiana.
In the fall of 1997 while driving south on Hwy 41 near Turkey Run State Park in Indiana, my husband and I saw what we affectionately call “A something”.
It was a misty night and we were headed for Terra Haute. I was driving my Ford Aerostar Van with my husband in the passenger seat (I was glad he was on that side) we also had our two year old son in the back seat. “It” was walking in the gully. “It” stood taller than the van so to speculate on the height I would say over 6″ easily.
The body was black and hairy although the face was huge and long in the jaw shaped like a knight of a chess piece but not like a horse! My husband describes the face more like a lions shape.
We passed it and continued our trip – and later even moved here with our child going to Turkey Run School. We travel the same road often from Turkey Run to Rockville and have never seen “It” again – YET!
ALSO NOTICED: Nope, except the hairs on the backs of our necks was raised. We were asking each other “Do you see that!” “Did you see that?” Then we described to each other what we saw.
OTHER WITNESSES: Myself
Husband talking in the van
our child in the back seat was asleep
OTHER STORIES: My brother claims to have seen one – but he travels a lot very modestly. He’s a wilderness kind of guy.
My nephew who is in the Marines thinks we seen a Buffalo or Bison – but there were no horns and this was not a four legged creature.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Close to 11:00 to 12:00 dark with a misty rain. No street lights only our headlights. “It” was walking the same direction so we came upon it from behind. We used our peripheral vision to look – we were too scared to really take a gander.
ENVIRONMENT: Forest area hilly not very populated. There is a bridge nearby.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Eric Lester:
I spoke to the witnesses by phone, and found them both to be very sincere. The night they had their sighting was a rainy, foggy night, and when they first noticed it they were about a block away. They proceeded to slow down a little and as they drove by, they saw it peripherally, not wanting to look directly at it. The sighting lasted about 10 seconds.
It was described as definitely being taller than a normal human, with dark hair over its whole body. From what they could see of its head, it was ‘sloping downward’, with a huge jaw and a chin that almost touched its chest.
It moved very fast, with long strides to its gait. The creature never turned to look at them, and continued walking the whole time without moving into the forest.
They later had to stop and ‘catch their breath’, trying to figure out what they had just seen.
This sighting took place near Shades and Turkey Run State parks.