Class 3a

Delivery driver has early morning encounter.

Occurred December 1996
(Submitted August 16, 2003)

Witness Observation

I worked as a truck driver, I hauled crude oil and condensate off of oil leases to unload stations. I would start to work about dark and finish up right before daylight or sometimes a little earlier. I did this in Gregg, Rusk, Panola, Smith and surrounding counties. I don't remember the roads because we hauled so many different leases that my memory fails me. In the wee hours of a cool foggy morning in December I had loaded and was on my way out of the lease. We were required to open and shut the gate on these leases because of livestock and public safety. Our trailers had bright lights for seeing how to back up at night and I always turned them on when I closed gates. Just as I closed the gate and locked it, I saw something step out of the woods and onto the lease road. It paused a minute and continued on across the lease road. My blood ran cold and every hair on my body stood on end. It was only about 30 feet from me, I could see it's breath in the cold night air. If bigfoot exists, this is what I saw. It did not seem menacing. I ran for the truck and drove off, and never looked back. I have never told this to anyone, not even my wife.

Physical Evidence

No, I left the scene immediately and told no one until now.


It made no noise.

Additional Observations

About 7 feet tall brownish colored hair, not sure about texture of hair or length. Apelike face, walked upright, long strides. No noticeable odor, but I had smell of crude oil on me and trucks smelled of petroleum products. Any odor from the animal would have been kind of hard to detect.

Time and Conditions

Around 2:00 am - Wooded, lots of chicken farms.

Investigator's Comments

Charles DeVore

This investigation was conducted as a result of an incident that allegedly occurred in Panola County, 1996.

I interviewed the witness at length on 20 August 2003. As the interview progressed, the witness seemed to grow even more comfortable. The witness seemed quite open with his answers to my questions and I did not have the impression that he was embellishing anything at all.

The witness described the events as he recalled them. He remembered that he was coming out of an oil well site in rural Panola County, on an unmarked unimproved oil well road and had just walked back to lock the property gate behind him. It was a cool foggy December night; he did not make a note of the exact time, but he recalled that it was probably just around 2:00 am. The site was just west of Lake Murvaul and east of Gary Texas. There are many oil well sites in this area and the witness did not remember the exact site.

As the witness locked the gate, he reportedly saw, at a distance of approximately 30 feet, a large man-like figure appear from the woods at the side of the road behind his truck, trailer, him and the gate. The subject was illuminated by the work flood lights mounted on rear bumper of the witness's trailer; the lights apparently put out a wide beam for about 60 feet. The flood lights were mounted just below waist high on the trailer.

With no noise, the subject stepped out from the brush on the one side of the road, paused just a second to turn and look at the witness, and then continued on across the road disappearing into the woods. The subject apparently made no aggressive movement or sound. The witness indicated that the whole incident was totally silent.

The witness was alone, and in his words, his blood "ran cold," and every hair on his body stood on end. The witness remembered running for his truck and immediately driving off.

The witness went on to further describe the subject: it was taller than the witness (who is 6 feet tall). The subject was covered completely in what looked to be medium brown hair. Hair on the back of neck, chin, and upper shoulders appeared longer than the hair on rest of the body which appeared to be rather short. The witness recalled no reflection of color from the eyes when it glanced at him. The body was very slender and head was basically round. There was no noticeable odor that the witness recalled. It was bipedal and had a very long stride.

The witness could not find any known species of wildlife that matched what he saw. The witness has never told anyone about this sighting, not even his wife until this week when contacting the NAWAC.

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Class 1a
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.
Class 1c
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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A visual encounter with a sasquatch/bigfoot is a distinct possibility involving two or more reliable observers, and all other sources can be reasonably ruled out.
Class 2
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Investigator determines that a visual encounter with a sasquatch/bigfoot is a distinct possibility, the observer is credible, and all other sources can be reasonably ruled out.
Class 3b
Unidentifiable vocalizations were reported and there is accompanying tangible evidence to possibly indicate the presence of a sasquatch/bigfoot, the observer is very reliable, and 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.