Submitted to BFRO by witness on Monday, July 7, 2008.
Large bipedal animal strolls past home near the Daniel Boone National Forest
COUNTY: Jackson County
LOCATION DETAILS: the location was in a hay field on new Zion on 587
NEAREST TOWN: McKee
NEAREST ROAD: Highway 587
OBSERVED: I was standing in my front doorway changing a light bulb and I heard a popping/cracking sound that I had never heard before I looked down and both of my cats were running up the sidewalk to me maybe a minute after I looked up across the highway behind my mailbox and there was something about 7 to 8 feet tall just walking by calm as could be. It was huge it’s color was very light white/brown it’s arms was at its knees and I was not the only one who seen it that year our county sheriff seen it at his house as well I know the sheriff very well and I know he would not lie about something like this he tracked it for about a mile behind his house and found some of its hair on his fence
ALSO NOTICED: I heard a popping/cracking sound before the sighting. My kitten was missing the next morning and my older cat also turned up missing in about 10 days.
OTHER WITNESSES: our county sheriff seen it many of my friends and neighbors 5 to 7
OTHER STORIES: many people in the county have seen or heard the things as myself and our sheriff did that winter and after the sheriff told a few people about it more and more people started telling about their sightings
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 9:31 am it was dark my street light was on cold and clear was the weather
ENVIRONMENT: there are two small ponds very close to the sighting location and a well known camp site called Turkeyfoot it is in Daniel Boone National Forest and has caves in and around it
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Harold Benny:
I spoke to the witness by phone and she is credible. The sighting was at a distance of thirty feet under a street light and lasted six to seven seconds. It was preceded by a series of popping noises that the witness thought might have been caused by the animal clicking its teeth. The animal was heading south, walking in the ditch between the mailbox and a hay field, and left no tracks. The body was muscular and heavy, estimated to be over 500 pounds and covered with a neat, white to light brown hair, one to two inches long. The creature’s hairless face was brown in color, with a flat nose, thin lips and no visible ears. The appearance was very human. Its arms hung down to its knees and ended in large, hairless hands. The witness’ aunt noticed an odor in the air that smelled like a dead and rotting animal.
Caves dot this area of the Daniel Boone National Forest – London Ranger District. This District is best known for Laurel River Lake, a 5,600 acre reservoir. There is a small pond to the north and a creek directly east. Since the sighting, several witnesses have heard loud howling coming from the area north of the pond. The howls last about ten seconds each, and are repeated in a series for up to three minutes.
About BFRO Investigator Harold Benny:
Harold Benny holds two degrees in Zoology and was a Biology teacher for several years. He participated in the following BFRO expeditions: Michigan UP 07, Arkansas I 07, Arkansas II (Oklahoma) 07, N. Florida 08, Missouri 08, Tennessee 09, and Ohio 09. Harold has organized several private Illinois expeditions and in 2006 received the IDNR Volunteer of the Year Award as part of the Montgomery Co. Hunter Education group.