Class 1d

Couple has late night encounter on Highway 105 near the Trinity River.

Report#
01040007
Occurred January 4, 2004
(Submitted April 3, 2004)

Witness Observation

In January of this year (04) my girlfriend and I were on our way to visit family in Kountze, Texas. We share an apartment in the city of Kingwood, a suburb of Houston. The quickest route to my mom and step dad's house is through Cleveland, Texas and take 105 from there to almost Kountze. I work as a shift foreman for a chemical plant and my shift ended at 11 pm. My girlfriend was packed and ready to leave when I got home, approximately midnight. We left from Kingwood and traveled through Cleveland onto 105.

We had been on 105 about 20 minutes (about 45 minutes from Kingwood) we were approaching the Trinity River bottom when I noticed something in the center of the road. My girlfriend was dozing beside me and I yelled thinking we were about to be in an accident. She sat up and screamed that we were about to hit 'him'. I locked the brakes of her truck up and when I did whatever it was stood up in the road and started to 'run' to our right towards the woods.

My girlfriend started to open her door and I grabbed her to stop her. She yelled that it was a 'Bigfoot'. I had heard of them, I mean who hasn't, but to be honest until that very moment, I would never have believed that they existed. By the time I looked up from her, the creature was standing on the side of the road watching us. When she opened her door the creature made like a squalling sound and turned into the woods.

Where the thing was squatting in the road was a doe that had been hit by a car. I am not sure if it was looking or feeding on the doe but it had been moved by it. You could see where the creature had shifted the animal on the road or at least it looked like that when I got out to look.

I am not too sure of what else to tell about what we saw.

Additional Observations

I think it was around 7 feet tall. I am not too sure I do know it was quite a bit taller then myself. It was black in color but it had what looked like mud on its legs and arms. The fur or hair was long. It was on my girlfriend's side of the truck about 10 feet away and she said its hands were long and the thumbs were 'not right'. I am not too sure what she meant other then they looked longer I think, too be honest not too sure how to describe that. I have read on here, when I decided to post the incident. that there was an 'odor' a lot of times. When we got out I really could not remember an odor or anything else that smelled strange.

Time and Conditions

1:00 am - It was fair and chilly. I think there had been a shower earlier in the day because the road was damp. There was lighting from my headlights and from the running lights on her truck. The area is heavily forested with a large number of deer and other wild game in the area. It is near the Trinity River and that area of the river is very heavily fished almost all year round. There is an area where kids and adults go to 'park and play' on the river.

Investigator's Comments

Daryl Colyer

This investigation was conducted as a result of an incident that allegedly occurred in Liberty County, Texas, in January 2004.

I interviewed the male witness 6 April 2004; I spoke with the female witness or girlfriend 4 May 2004. Both witnesses corroborated the initial report and added a few, heretofore undisclosed details. While I found both of the witnesses' testimonies of the event compelling, I found the female's account particularly so.

The female remembered awakening from a state of light sleep. Her boyfriend suddenly stopped the vehicle with an animal standing directly in front of them at a distance of approximately twenty feet. The subject was facing away until it turned clockwise to peer at them. The male witness recalled seeing the subject stand up from a squatting position; the female's first memory was of their vehicle quickly coming to a stop with the subject in front of them. In an instant, it quickly stood up and turned to look at them, although it did not turn completely around. Though their memory of facial details was scant, both witnesses remember watching the subject turn to quickly look at them before hastily retreating across the road to the right. The girlfriend opened her door and the figure disappeared into the sanctuary of the rich forest of the Trinity River bottoms. The entire incident lasted perhaps twenty to thirty seconds; the amount of time of the actual, visual identification was probably less than ten seconds.

I asked the female witness why she exited the vehicle upon seeing a large, unknown animal that was possibly feeding. She had no explanation for her behavior other than to say that the act was certainly out of character for her, and admitted that normally she is "scared of the closet monster." The witness further admitted that she was indeed scared when she got out of the car, and her boyfriend attempted to prevent her from getting out, but she went despite his admonitions and her trepidation. Both witnesses eventually got out of the vehicle and had the "feeling" that they were being watched (this is a common thread of many reports just prior to or after a sighting). Before returning to the vehicle, the male witness pulled the deer carcass off the road. Upon entering the vehicle, the girlfriend exclaimed, "Oh my God! It was a Bigfoot!! Oh my God, it was a Bigfoot!"

Both witnesses have told few about the encounter, for fear of ridicule. The female witness confided in her mother, but was greeted with derision, as her mother tried to convince her that what she saw was "probably a coyote." About which, the witness remarked, "I'm sorry, but coyotes don't stand up and walk off on two legs."

The female witness was quite concerned that I would consider her to be "nuts." She seemed quite relieved when I told her that there are other sightings in the immediate and surrounding vicinity. She said, "Thank you, thank you," as if she and her boyfriend had been vindicated upon hearing that there are other people out there who have reported seeing something similar to what she and her boyfriend saw that morning in East Texas.

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A sasquatch/bigfoot specimen has been collected (alive or dead).
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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.
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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.
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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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