Submitted to BFRO by witness on Sunday, July 30, 2006.
Possible vocalizations outside of Elberfeld, Indiana
COUNTY: Warrick County
LOCATION DETAILS: Take I-64 to Wheatonville rd and cross on to North road, you see a bunch of trucks parked on the side of the road, the incident happened about 5 miles into the woods.
NEAREST TOWN: Elberfeld
NEAREST ROAD: North Road
OBSERVED: Some neighbors and I went four wheeling on our dirt bikes and quads. It was about 6:30 PM when we left. About 9:30 PM we stopped to repair a chain on one of the bikes. We were all gathered around his bike when we all heard a moan that sounded like a cross between a tornado warning siren and wolf howl. We all froze while we listened to this thing moan about 5 or 6 times. The lead rider in our group grabbed his rifle out of his case. He hikes out into these woods all the time and I’ve never seen him grab a weapon to defend himself against anything in these woods.
After the moans subsided we waited frozen there for about 30 seconds when we heard about 6 knocks like someone hitting their knuckles against a tree. We were all frozen stiff in fear. Nobody made any movements. After we heard the knocks we started hearing something run through the woods. It sounded like it was running really fast. As soon as we heard this we abandoned the bike and jumped on our vehicles while Mark rode on the back of my quad on the way back.
We went back to that spot the next day around noon and the bike was not on the trail where we left it. It was about 5 ft off the trail into the brush, as if it had been tossed there. We never found any footprints or anything of that sort but I am positive after hearing the same noises on the sound clips on this site that what we encountered was a Sasquatch.
OTHER WITNESSES: 4 witnesses, we were trying to replace a broken chain on a dirt bike.
OTHER STORIES: I’ve heard of sightings on a buddy’s property in Tennessee.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It occurred around 9:30/10:00, it was very dark the moon was covered by thick overhead trees and very wet it had rained the day before.
ENVIRONMENT: Very dense brush, you can barely walk through anywhere off the trail, lots of small hills.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Eric Lester:
I spoke to one of the witnesses at length about the incident. It occurred in deep forest outside of Elberfeld, while the group was fixing a dirt bike along a trail. A series of low, mournful moans were heard that lasted about 6-7 seconds each. The moans were very similar to the Ohio howl, but a little deeper sounding. After the moans, the forest got really quiet. Some wood knocks were heard shortly after – there were a series of three knocks, a pause, then three more. The group of friends started getting frightened from all this happening right by them in the forest. They then heard something with long, heavy strides run around them, about 30-40 yards into the forest. While the creature was running, they decided they had enough and took off out of the area.
The area was described as being an old coal mining area, with lots of creeks, deer, and thick forest cover.