Class 1d

Husband and wife observe massive upright animal in Sam Houston National Forest on FM 1375 Baker Bridge at Lake Conroe one hour apart.

Occurred January 4, 2016
(Submitted January 26, 2016)

Witness Observation

At approximately 0500 on January 4, 2016 I was traveling to work on FM 1375 heading east towards I-45. As I was approaching the river bridge I saw a reflection of eyes from the bridge and thought it was deer eyes. As I got closer the eyes were approximately 7-8 feet high. Then I noticed the body of this "thing." It was huge. I have spent many a year in the woods and I have never seen anything like this. When I first saw it I thought it was a person or maybe a bear standing on its hind legs. But by its size alone it was clear it was not a person.

Time and Conditions

5:00 am - Dark and clear skies.

Investigator's Comments

Daryl G Colyer, Shannon Graham, and Shannon Mason

This investigation was conducted as a result of an incident that allegedly occurred in Walker County, Texas in January 2016.

I interviewed the primary witness at length about his reported observation and I also interviewed his wife, the secondary witness. Shannon Graham and Shannon Mason went onsite and conducted a comprehensive examination and search for trace evidence. I assessed the primary observer as a clear-headed, straightforward individual who believes that what he saw cannot be attributed to any known animal or person. His wife also struck me similarly. The observers live in a nearby town and they both clearly communicated to me that they had never given any thought to the subject nor did they have any prior knowledge that such a thing was even possible, particularly in areas near where they live. Nowadays, when they travel by vehicle, they are constantly on watch, hoping to see something similar again.

The first and primary reporting witness told me that he was on his way to work and he was approaching the west end of Baker Bridge (the bridge over Lake Conroe on FM 1375); he was driving east. The time was approximately 05:00. He first observed a pair of reflective eyes that he initially thought was likely a white-tailed deer. The eyes were on an animal that was directly up ahead actually on the pavement on the right side near the guardrail. As he drew nearer to the actual subject, he began to realize that the reflective eyes were of some other kind of animal that was massive and upright. Its color was dark, either “black or dark brown.” The hue of the eyes was very similar to that of a white-tailed deer, with a greenish tint that seemed almost bluish.

As the observer drove by the subject, he swerved over into the opposite lane; the subject watched the witness, and the witness watched the subject, as the witness drove by. The witness was overall stunned by what he had just seen, but the size and thickness of the subject truly impressed him: He estimated its height to be at least seven feet and possibly as tall as eight feet. He told me that what he saw was absolutely not a human in an ape suit; the size alone disqualified a human as a possibility, not to mention the sheer lunacy of someone who might attempt to hoax such an act. After he began to process what he had seen, for a second the observer contemplated turning around and shooting the subject. He was certain the subject was not human.

The reporting witness's spouse was equally as certain that what she saw was no human. The husband did not call anyone or talk to anyone about what he saw as he continued on to work. About one hour later, his wife called him and told him that she had seen something "really strange" on her way to work as she crossed the Lake Conroe bridge on FM 1375. She too was heading east across the bridge.

As she drove out onto the bridge, she saw up ahead a very large figure that she at first thought was a person jogging across the bridge, clearly seeing arms and legs. She described the subject as very large, black in color, and seven to eight feet in height; it was facing east with its back to her as she drove toward it and then passed it. She never saw it from the front and never saw reflective eyes. The subject was actually out on the bridge, and it was her impression that it was walking east crossing the bridge from west to east. She was in a small car and she had to look up at the subject as she passed it, coming to within “10-15 feet” of it as she passed it. Like her husband, she too was stunned.

Oftentimes when someone who is keen and trustworthy sees something of this nature it no doubt can provide a unique and fascinating narrative; however, the nature of this report, given that two individuals sharing a household observed similar subjects one hour apart, with seemingly no knowledge of each other’s encounters, makes this report unique at another level. Augmenting the report are the apparent traits of the observers, who were by all impressions, sober-minded, well-spoken, intelligent people who have no interest in spinning yarns or participating in a hoax. Those same traits go far toward precluding the possibility that the observers were easily duped by someone else perpetrating a hoax, one hour apart, not to mention the gigantic physical attributes of the subject as observed and reported by the witnesses to us in a very direct and factual manner.

Graham and Mason conducted an onsite investigation. They found no trace evidence that could be linked to the reported encounters; however, they reported that there are several well-worn game trails near where the primary witness first reportedly observed the massive subject. The trails led up to the highway, indicating that the site was a common area for crossing or entering onto the highway by wildlife.

The area in which this report originates has a long history of reported sightings of upright hair-covered animals matching the classic description of the wood ape. The North American Wood Ape Conservancy continues to receive reported encounters in this area to this day.


The reported encounters took place on FM 1375 on Baker Bridge at the north end of Lake Conroe in Walker County.


The reporting witness's encounter reportedly occurred here.


The secondary witness's encounter reportedly occurred here.


NAWAC Investigators Graham and Mason discovered several well-worn trails in the area.


The Sam Houston National Forest surrounds the north end of Lake Conroe.


Walker County is in southeast Texas.

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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.
Class 1d
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
Investigator determines that a visual encounter with a sasquatch/bigfoot is a distinct possibility, the observer is exceptionally trustworthy, professionally trained, and experienced in the outdoors and/or is accustomed to looking for and recording details (e.g., biologist, anthropologist/archaeologist, ranger, trapper/tracker/seasoned hunter, bird watcher, game warden, naturalist, law enforcement), and other explanations can be reasonably excluded.
Class 3a
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.
Class 3c
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.