Submitted to BFRO by witness on Monday, February 13, 2012.
Nighttime sighting while leaving Lake Barkley State Park
COUNTY: Trigg County
LOCATION DETAILS: From Cadiz, KY – follow 68 West heading towards Land Between the Lakes. Turn right on1489 to the Lake Barkley Resort and Marina. The incident took place about 2 miles up the KY-1489 road from the KY – 68
NEAREST TOWN: 2 miles
NEAREST ROAD: 1 mile away from the main highway
OBSERVED: My encounter took place while leaving the Lake Barkley Resort. My family and I were driving back toward the main road that leads to Cadiz, KY. I was going about 50 miles per hour when I saw a deer run across the road. I thought I saw a tree next to the road but it was running. It was taller than the top of my minivan and looked right at me, we passed it in about 3 seconds. I was not really sure what I saw so I turned around to see if it might have been a tree or something but there was nothing there. I remember afterwards that it was a large creature, with tanish/brown fur around 7 feet tall with an almost Neanderthal brow and flattish nose. It was hard to tell what color the fur was exactly since my headlights are tinted yellow. My son who was in the back seat also saw it and commented on it.
The animal was running upright along the edge of the road. It seemed to be chasing a deer that had run in front of our van literally seconds before. It kept pace with me for about 3 steps then dropped back. When I looked in the rear view mirror, it had run off.
ALSO NOTICED: It did seem to be chasing a deer that ran across the road prior to the sighting.
OTHER WITNESSES: 2 witnesses, my son and myself. I was driving; he was looking out the window.
OTHER STORIES: I have not heard of any other sightings before this but I am not surprised.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was after dark, around 8:00 or 9:00 pm but it was clear, no clouds or rain.
ENVIRONMENT: The area the sighting took place in was a heavily wooded area along the edge of the main road connecting the KY 68 to the Lake Barkley Resort and Marina.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Mary Ross:
The witness described the creature to be approximately 7 to 7.5 feet tall and 3 feet wide, stocky with matted medium brown hair. She first saw the deer break brush and run alongside her vehicle quickly dashing in front of her van and across the road. She originally mistook the creature for a tree or bush, but realized the creature was chasing behind the deer. She said as it past right outside the driver’s side window it seemed to have a surprised look in its eyes. The creature was so close to the vehicle she could have reached out and touched it. The creature did not cross in front of her after the deer and the encounter lasted a few seconds. She could no longer see it as soon as it was out of the headlights. Her husband was also in the vehicle but only her son saw it as well. I found the witness to be very forthcoming and genuine describing the sighting she and her son had that evening. She is originally from Washington State and possibly had an encounter with her Mother as a child.
The encounter took place not far from the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, where there have been numerous sightings of Bigfoot and the Beast of LBL.
About BFRO Investigator Mary Ross:
Mary is originally from the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York and currently resides in Western KY. She has 10 years of military experience and loves the outdoors.
Expeditions attended – Georgia, Tennessee, Vancouver Island South, and Oklahoma Fall 2009. North Carolina, Georgia 2010; Georgia, Colorado 2011, 2012; North Carolina 2013 and several private outings.