Class 3c

Deputy Sheriff and college professor find tracks after friend calls and reports visual encounter.

Report#
01010018
Occurred July 1, 1989
(Submitted November 21, 2001)

Witness Observation

I live in Northeast Texas close to the town of Commerce. I was witness to several incidents when I lived just outside Commerce. At the time I was employed for the Delta County Sheriff's Dept as a deputy. It was around 1990 and a friend and I were in the business of buying dairy calves to raise and resell. My friend lived in an area close to the town of Horton. The actual town is now under water - part of Cooper Lake. This was a very remote area of dense thick woods running all the way to Sulphur Springs. My friend began finding his calves dead at the barn. It appeared that their necks had been broken. This all came to a head on an evening as he heard his boar hog squealing loudly from the pen. The pen was located at the edge of the woods. My friend had a very mean boar hog that weighed around 400lbs. He called me on the phone and told me to come as fast as I could. When I arrived he was almost in shock and told me that he went and grabbed his rifle and went to the barn. He said that he saw a very tall hairy creature lifting this boar hog over the pallet fence. My friend fired a shot at it and it dropped the hog and ran off. My father and I went to the pen and found a set of tracks. These resembled a very large human foot in the dirt. My father - a retired Dallas police officer, contacted my friend's neighbor. The neighbor was also a retired police officer and professor at Northeast Texas Community College. He came and called a couple of his students and plaster casts were made of the print. Several pics were taken of the cast and one was even printed in the local paper. The cast went on display at the college in the science dept. I have the cast. At this time I am still trying to find where it was stored to get the dimensions for you. As we were talking with my friend's neighbor, he advised that he oversaw a cabin across from him (bordering my friend's land) way back in the woods. The owner had said that strange things were happening at this place. We saw that the tracks went due east toward this other piece of property. We went to the cabin and saw several more of the footprints going in a circle around the cabin. Over time we saw and measured two other sets of tracks. The only size I remember was 12 inches. The other tracks were bigger than the set we cast. The strange happenings always started in the spring and continued until the late fall. His property is about 2 miles from the Horton bottoms where I know several people who have seen this creature but would not go public for fear of being thought crazy. One was chased out of the bottoms while duck hunting at a slough. I have since moved to a different part of the county. About eight years ago a friend and I were walking along the Sulphur River and found tracks going to the water as if to get something to drink. As I said I am still looking for the cast as my dad put it into storage. As soon as it is found I would be glad to send a pic to you. In the cast you can clearly see the tissue ridges on the bottom of the toes - much like ours. I am curious if anyone has ever reported anything like this in this area. I have nothing to gain from telling this story. I have been a law enforcement officer in this area for 13 years. At first I told a couple of people of what I had seen and most thought I was crazy. Thanks to the internet I can relay this story to you. Please feel free to contact me if you wish. Thank You.

We continued to find tracks on this part of the property. My friend and I hunted on it until we had an encounter. We didn't see anything but what ever it was kept moving in a circle around us. It was not worried about making noise as most wild animals do.

Physical Evidence

Photos of the three sets of tracks were taken by father of deputy. They also cast 1 of the prints.

Sounds

None.

Additional Observations

Dairy cattle had been found with necks broken in the spring and summer. The death of the calves stopped around fall. There were no claw marks. This was on the friend's property located in the Horton Bottoms. The witness and his friend were squirrel hunting one day with his father on the friend's property, when his father left to go back to the truck. Immediately a large animal began to circle the two men left in the field. The witness said the circle kept getting smaller, tightening around the two men. It was a large animal, making deliberate steps and crushing twigs on the ground, as to try and frighten the two men. Also, the witness was walking the Sulphur River approx 6 years ago when he found a track on the bank. The river area was approx 6 ft wide and 8 in deep.

Time and Conditions

2:30 PM - Heavily to lightly wooded, and pasture.

Investigator's Comments

Daryl Colyer

This investigation was conducted as a result of an incident that allegedly occurred in Delta County, Texas in 1989.

I have discussed these events with the witness a number of times. He is an extremely reliable individual with a long history of law enforcement service. I have also interviewed the professor at Northeast Texas Community College. I deemed him to be equally credible. I have not been able to speak with the individual who allegedly had the sighting on his property involving the hog.

I was able to gain the names of some other individuals in the area who have had encounters. The individual who submitted the report also allegedly had an encounter in Fannin County.

This area is in the Red River ? Sulphur River watershed of Northeast Texas where similar reports have originated.

In summation, a friend called the witness (county deputy sheriff) at approximately 5:00 p.m. The friend had heard a large hog squealing, located in a wooden pallet pen behind the house. At approximately 2:30 p.m. the witness?s friend reportedly observed a large, bulky "bigfoot" type creature lifting the hog over the fence. The subject was described as being a chocolate/reddish color.

The witness responded, and the two men found and tracked three sets of large footprints through the woods and pastures for approximately one-quarter mile. The prints circled an "A" frame house that was owned by a doctor as a summer house. The screen door was torn off and found floating in a cattle tank. The witness mentioned that the doctor had reported several incidents of vandalism in the past. The tracks continued from Hunt County into Delta County to the Huffman Dairy area.

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A sasquatch/bigfoot specimen has been collected (alive or dead).
Class 1b
A report investigation results in a sasquatch observation or the documentation of clear tracks or other forms of physical evidence by an investigator.
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An investigator determines that a visual encounter with a sasquatch/bigfoot by a very reliable observer is a distinct possibility, tangible corroborating evidence is documented, and all other sources can be reasonably ruled out.
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No visual encounter occurred, but physical evidence was found to indicate the presence of a sasquatch/bigfoot (tracks, hair, scat, etc.), the observer is very reliable, and other sources can be reasonably ruled out.