Submitted to BFRO by witness on Monday, December 26, 2011.
Nighttime sighting by motorcyclist near Petersburg
COUNTY: Boone County
LOCATION DETAILS: 3/4 of a mile west on KY 8 (aka 3608) from the I-275 Petersburg exit in Kentucky. Just past where the guard rail stops on your left as you go through the valley and start up the hill.
NEAREST TOWN: Petersburg
NEAREST ROAD: KY 8/3608, KY 20, I-275
OBSERVED: I was leaving a friend’s house a little after 9 pm on a week night headed home. I was on my motorcycle going east on KY 8 about to come up on a bend in the road. I had lived in this area for about 5 years and had just recently moved. In the years of living in this area and being an avid bow hunter, I have observed lots of deer crossing the road just around this bend. I slowed down because the sun had set not long before and the deer move at that time. As I came around the bend, I realized there was something in the road in the oncoming lane. I slowed down further; it was crossing the road into my lane. I rapidly slowed and swerved left to go behind it. I almost hit it, missed it less than a foot. I stopped about 10 feet past where it crossed in front of me. I quickly turned around in the road and aimed my light on it as it went into the thick brush line next to the road. It was about 36 to 42 inches tall, short legs and long arms, black hair 4 to 5 inches long, walking upright bipedaly.
ALSO NOTICED: no
OTHER WITNESSES: One. Just me. Visiting with a friend.
OTHER STORIES: no
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 9:15 pm clear night. Lighting from headlight of motorcycle.
ENVIRONMENT: Hay field on one side and stick brush on the other.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Don Adkins:
I spoke with the witness by phone. He first stated that he is not a believer in Bigfoot, but that after his encounter, he had done extensive research into animals that are native to Kentucky and could not rule out the possibility that he had seen a young Sasquatch.
He stated that it was about 48 inches tall, with dark black hair the color of a black bear. It walked bipedally as it swiftly crossed the road, possibly dropping to all fours briefly as it crossed the ditch beside the road. He said its physical features reminded him of a chimpanzee, with short legs and long arms. I asked him if it seemed to move bipedally in a comfortable manner, unlike a chimp. He said that it remained upright and hunched slightly forward almost the whole time he watched it move across the road and into the scrub brush and out of sight.
About BFRO Investigator Don Adkins:
Don works in manufacturing for a major global consumer goods company. He attended North Carolina 2007 and Tennessee Expedition 2009. Also the 2010 Illinois and Tennessee Expeditions.