Submitted to BFRO by witness on Wednesday, July 27, 2011.
Man tells of his two encounters 30 years apart
COUNTY: Lawrence County
LOCATION DETAILS: The second sighting happened right at the Rowan/Lewis County Line (Rowan Co side) just across the road from the Daniel Boone National Forest parking area
NEAREST TOWN: S1-Louisa, KY/S2 Morehead, KY
NEAREST ROAD: S1-? /S2 Cranston road
OBSERVED: I am an EMT-B and a former firefighter from the Greenup County KY area. I have had 2 encounters in my lifetime with, what I believe to be, bigfoot/sasquatch.
I have told people I have had the encounters, but I have never told any of the details, mainly because I knew no one would believe me if I did.
The second encounter, I never really saw the creature, but I know it was there…my first encounter was quite the opposite. I saw the creature up close for at least a few minutes; it was in short, terrifying. My second encounter happened while I was ginseng hunting in late summer. I was right on the outskirts of Daniel Boone national forest at the Rowan/Lewis County Line in KY just a few hundred yards from Cranston rd. I had been in this holler making my way up to the ridge looking for roots for about an hour or so when I heard some brush move about 50 to 75 yards up the hill from me. I strained hard to see what had made the noise, thinking it may be a deer or maybe even an elk or bear, but saw nothing. As I continued my zigzag pattern towards the top of the ridge, I heard the noise again. I looked again and saw a flash of black and the brush moved slightly. My next thought was “bear” and not having a firearm with me, I decided it would be best to start back down the hill. As I did, I kept an eye on the area I had seen the movement and to my horror, I realized it was following me down the hill all along making sure it stayed hidden. I could see glimpses of black and the brush and branches move the whole time I was retreating. I know that there is the possibility it was a bear, but what made me so uneasy is the fact that the brush and branches this thing was disturbing were 5 to 6 feet off the ground! knowing that black bears only stand around 3 feet high on all fours and knowing that bears don’t move far on two legs (much less several hundred yards) I really believe what was following me down the hill was a bigfoot. my first encounter was in Lawrence county ky when I was around 8 years old…I know it was a long time ago, but I know what I saw and I will never forget it as long as I live. We were staying with relatives (I’m not sure of the exact location now) in an isolated holler between two hills with no other houses around. There were quite a few people there and the little house didn’t have adequate sleeping room, so we put sleeping bags on the floor in the rooms and my cousins and I slept in the floor beside their parent’s bed. I have always been the first person awake no matter where I sleep and this morning was no different. It was just breaking daylight, the windows in the bedroom were open because it was hot there in august. As I lay there wondering what we would do that day, I saw a figure pass by outside the window next to the bed. My first thought was someone was up and had to run outside for whatever reason, but as soon as that thought was finished, the figure was looking in the open window by the dresser. Words cannot describe the horror I felt. I had never heard of Bigfoot at that time, so I was sure king Kong was standing outside looking through the open window. I stayed frozen with fear, knowing if the beast saw me watching, it would attack (that was my thought anyway). The next thing I knew, it reached its arm through the window and grabbed a piece of jewelry from off the dresser. The noise it made caused one of the adults to switch positions in the bed and like a shot, it was gone. I told everyone what had happened and they told me it had been around there for years and not to be afraid, because it had never harmed anyone or anything and that it was more afraid of me than I was of it. I don’t know about that, but I do know what I saw. After this incident, I started learning about Bigfoot and was and still am convinced that the creature is real.
ALSO NOTICED: before 2nd sighting, found broken limbs pointing straight down too high for deer
OTHER WITNESSES: none
OTHER STORIES: I have not, but did not ask
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 1983 sighting was first light, very warm. 2010 sighting, around 6 pm, very warm, clear.
ENVIRONMENT: heavy forest, almost directly behind the house on the opposite side of the road from the parking area…nearly to the top of the ridge there
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Don Adkins:
I spoke with the witness at length and he was able to add the following details about his encounters.
His first encounter was in 1983 in Lawrence County, Ky. in a secluded area surrounded by mountains, in the area of Louisa. He woke to see the creature looking in the window. He said it was at least 7 feet tall, as the window was high off the ground. He saw it from mid chest up. He stated that his uncles were 6 feet tall and were not tall enough to look in the window. He described the face as apelike, but more human in appearance. The hair was described as very dark brown/black. When the creature reached in, the arm looked massive. The arm and hands were hair covered except for the fingers. He was very frightened, but was reassured by the adults that what he had seen was harmless.
His second encounter occurred on the Rowan/Lewis county line, while ginseng hunting. An avid outdoorsman and hunter, he was well aware of the possibility that this could have been a bear, but based on his experience, it seemed that whatever was stalking him was following him more out of curiosity than a predatory situation.
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.