KY Estill Fall 2006 #00001

Email submission 1-31-11

I think it was in the fall of 2006 when this happened. I lived at the time in Estill Co. in a little community called White Oak (White Oak Road). It was between 4-5 PM and I was working in my garage when I heard the sound and thinking one of the neighbor kids was hurt stepped out to take a look. The sound was quite away off; I’m guessing 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile. It was coming from a hill across the road from me and continued getting louder as it got closer. Whatever was making this sound was moving through the woods very fast. It would last 7-8 seconds and pause for 2-3 seconds and start again. This went on for about 3 minutes until it was directly across the road from my place up on the hill behind an old barn. The leaves were off, but I never could see what was making the sound. I listened for a couple more minutes and the sound never resumed so I went back in my garage and started back to work. About 5 minutes after the noise stopped I heard cows on a neighboring farm start to bellow and stepped out again to take a look. There were 30-40 head of cattle in the pasture and they were running very fast away from the hill. When they reached the fence next to the road they turned and faced the hill and made sounds I’ve never heard from cattle. They sounded more like screams than bellows. I watched and listened for a while, but I never could see anything other than the cattle. I worked 3rd shift at the time and went in and ate supper and got ready for work. When I left around 8 PM the cattle were gone and all was quiet. I got home from work the next morning and went to bed about 7:30 AM and slept till about 2:00 PM. When I got up my wife told me that when she’d went out earlier the sound was coming from the creek on our property about 100 yards from the house. I asked her why she hadn’t wakened me as I would’ve gone to investigate. I went to the creek later, but never saw or heard anything. I’ve spent a lot of time in the woods hunting, camping, hiking, etc. and I’ve never heard anything like that before. I’ve asked other people if they’ve ever heard something similar and no one has. The howl from Allen Co. is very close to the sound I heard.
Follow-Up Phone Interview 2-5-11

I spoke the witness, Mike Yates (real name on file) at great length and I believe him to be sincere and credible. He is a 45 year old male with a wife and 3 kids. At first he thought the moan/howl was an injured neighborhood child. He stopped his belt sander in his garage and headed out into his driveway. It was coming from a ridge across the street. He estimated the distance of the first moan to be about 1/2 mile away. He stressed the moans were “very loud”. Each moan would last 7-8 seconds, then there would be a brief pause, and then it would continue. The entire sequence of vocalizations lasted about 3 minutes. It was moving along the ridgeline parallel to his property. It eventually stopped once it reached an old barn. He said the moan did not ascend or descend; it was a constant, flat, very loud moan/howl, similar to the Allen County Howl recorded on this website.
On another note: He mentioned a friend, Kenneth Jacob Dotson aka “Jake” who witnessed a white Sasquatch while hunting in Spencer County. If anyone knows this individual, I would love to take his report. Please contact me at
– Charie Raymond, Investigator