Submitted to BFRO by witness on Saturday, March 10, 2007.
Small gorilla-type animal seen at dusk along the Laurel River near London
COUNTY: Laurel County
LOCATION DETAILS: hwy 229 to 830 to 1189
NEAREST TOWN: London
NEAREST ROAD: 1189
OBSERVED: In 2005 while four wheeling with my girlfriend in some bottomland near where I live I was following the laurel river as it snakes its way through these dense bottoms. it was getting dusk dark and we were on the left side of the river as we were riding we had met about 6 deer that were on our side of the river and we sat and watched them without turning off the four-wheeler. I was carrying my Sony hi8 camcorder because I have seen Bigfoot before but it had been awhile. I also had my .44 magnum pistol on me for we have lots of wildlife around here and I would rather be safe than sorry. Well as we continued our ride we came to a bend in the creek and the tree frogs and crickets were so loud that they about drowned out the ATV’s engine roar. So I turned it off so we could hear them better because the sound was just really nice and soothing. As we sat and listened I caught a movement out of the corner of my right eye across the river. Now first I must tell you that the woods across the river had been logged about 2 years prior so it had a second growth of timber and the animal that I saw was about 75 yards away. anyway I saw a movement out of my right eye so I turned to see an animal which looked like a gorilla for it was on its all fours but was the color of an orangutan for an orangish/red and when it turned its head to look at me its face which I saw pretty well was white much like that of a skull. My girlfriend was looking the other way when I jumped off the ATV to film this creature. The creature moved quickly to the base of a downed tree top which it was in front of and just climbed right over onto the other side where I lost sight of it. my camera was around my neck so I popped off my lens cap cover and started filming in which all I got was a short video of the main branch of the tree shaking where it had just went over. This all took place in just a few seconds possibly 12-15 seconds. I was very disappointed as I’m sure anyone who looks for these creatures would be. I have a lot of other reports from around hear that I will post as soon as I can and I also have game cameras in the woods at all times hoping that maybe one day he will run by it. Thanks for your time.
ALSO NOTICED: well the deer would not cross the creek even when cornered by us on ATV.
OTHER WITNESSES: 2. we were just out riding looking at nature
OTHER STORIES: yes I have heard of quite a few which I am going to start posting soon and also my other sightings from around here.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: about 8:00 pm
ENVIRONMENT: remote and very dense terrain a lot of under growth
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Harold Benny:
I spoke with the witness by phone and found him to be credible. The animal was standing on all fours resembling a small gorilla. It stood about four feet at the shoulder and weighed around 100 pounds. The face was flat with light colored skin. There were no visible ears and no apparent neck. The sighting ended when the animal crawled over a downed tree. Later, the witness examined the area, but found nothing.
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.