Class 3a

Newspaper deliveryman has early morning road encounter near Alabama-Coushatta Reservation.

Report#
01060012
Occurred February 15, 1993
(Submitted May 8, 2006)

Witness Observation

I was employed by the Houston Post as a delivery driver, delivering daily papers from Livingston Texas to the Reservation. I pulled off the side of the highway, onto the shoulder near a deer crossing, to finish wrapping papers for the return trip to Livingston. While sitting there with my high beams on I observed a large herd of deer, which I saw almost on a nightly basis. Out of the corner of my eye I saw something different, following the deer. As it came into better focus, it looked like a "hairy man." It must have seen me there before, as I stopped there on a nightly basis. The creature was about 6 and a half feet tall with light brown, long hair/fur. I kind of dismissed the encounter and was embarrassed to speak of it until I met Daryl at a Legacy Outfitters Meeting in Waco.

Additional Observations

The creature was about 6 and a half feet tall with light brown, long hair/fur.

Time and Conditions

4-5 am - 4-5 am, cold, clear. Wooded.

Investigator's Comments

Daryl Colyer

This investigation was conducted as a result of an incident that allegedly occurred in Polk County, Texas, in February 1993.

I met this witness at a Christian men's outdoor group (Legacy Outfitters) meeting after having given a presentation to the men regarding the general subject and the NAWAC's investigations in Texas and neighboring states. After the meeting concluded, the witness sheepishly approached me and began to ask questions regarding the area around Lake Livingston and the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation.

I told the witness that I had investigated several reported encounters from that very reservation and even more reports from the general area, to include the Big Thicket National Preserve units and the Sam Houston National Forest. During the presentation, I told the group about the NAWAC's observations in the Trinity River Basin, evidence found in the Sam Houston National Forest and along the Trinity, and several sets of vocalizations heard and recorded in southeast Texas at very close range. After hearing about the experiences of me and my colleagues, the witness was apparently compelled to come forward and share an experience with me that he had not shared with anyone else; during our conversation, the witness gradually told me of how he was certain that he had had an encounter with a hairy bipedal "something" in the early 1990s near the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation.

Until the witness told me of his experience, he had remained unsure of how to internally process what he had seen and had been totally reluctant to disclose the experience to anyone; he fully believed that he would be ridiculed and derided by most anyone for claiming to have had the experience. When the witness saw me in front of large group of men in a large facility telling of my own personal experiences, he was moved to finally report his experience, and thus approached me. That evening, we had a short conversation about his experience and pledged to each other to further discuss the incident at a future date.

A short while later, Craig Woolheater, Alton Higgins and I ran into the witness at a restaurant in Waco purely by chance, and after some initial conversation and obligatory introductions, the witness opened up to the three of us and fully shared the details of his experience.

The witness told us that he stopped to wrap newspapers in preparation for delivery. After seeing some deer, the witness told us that he remembered seeing an upright figure that seemed to be following the deer. The witness claimed that the figure appeared bipedal and covered with hair from head to toe. The witness described the color of what he saw as "terra-cotta" or a light reddish-brown. The witness claimed that the closest distance between him and the unknown figure was approximately 40 - 50 yards; it was certainly no taller than six (6) feet and seemed to be thick but of a medium build. The witness watched the subject as it seemed to quickly follow behind the deer before disappearing into the shadows and darkness of the Big Thicket. The witness remained confident that was he saw was not human nor was it a bear or any other animal with which he would have been familiar. He was completely perplexed by what he was seeing, and was somewhat shaken. Although he was not able to discern facial features or gender, the witness remained steadfast in his belief that he had an encounter with a sasquatch.

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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.