Class 3a

While traveling from Springfield, Missouri to Eureka Springs area, group has roadside visual encounter.

Report#
03080028
Occurred July 15, 1994
(Submitted October 12, 2004)

Witness Observation

I had been playing and living at an opera festival seven miles or so west of Eureka Springs in the Ozark mountains. One night after a runout performance in Missouri several of us were driving back to the festival site. We were on hwy 62(?) between Beaver Lake and Eureka Springs. It was after midnight when our carlights illuminated someone or some thing standing off of the right (south) side of the road. It raised its hands and covered its face I assume due to the carlights. We saw no clothes on it and it appeared to be covered in brownish hair. What we saw didn't really register at first. We all thought it was very strange that someone would be out there naked at that time of night. None of us thought it was a bear because we saw hands (also, I had seen bear in that part of Arkansas and this did not resemble a bear). We didn't stop or turn around because we were all a little freaked out. I later realised that this thing had been standing on a small slope. It must have been 7-8 feet tall. It wasn't thick or bulky but appeared thin in comparison to its height.

When I saw what I did my first reaction was "who's stupid enough to be out here at this time of night? They'll get run over." Then I realised that it was hair covered and TALL and probably not a man.

Sounds

No sounds heard.

Additional Observations

I was a passenger in a car and we were returning to our festival site after a performance in Missouri. After my family moved off base we lived in Jacksonville proper. We lived in a residential area close to the edge of town. Woods were nearby. For years there were stories of the Loop Road Monster. It was said to be white in color.

Time and Conditions

Midnight. It was a warm night.

Investigator's Comments

Jerry Hestand

This report was published as a result of an investigation into an incident that allegedly occurred in Carroll County, Arkansas in the summer of 1994.

The witness stated that he and four other people were traveling back from Springfield, Missouri to the Eureka Springs area of Arkansas, and were driving carefully because the previous night they almost struck a vulture feeding on a road kill, in the road, so he estimated their speed at 50 mph. The witness was in the back seat on the passenger side looking out the window when he observed a figure rise from a squatting position to a standing position on two legs. The subject was described as approximately seven to eight feet in height, lean and muscular. He could not provide facial details because the subject raised its hand to cover its eyes, covering much of it face in the process. The witness stated that the hand was very large and that he remembered when the subject moved to cover its eyes, the hand was down below the knee area swinging upward to the face, covering it. He said he did not note whether there was a point on the subject's head because of the large hand obscuring the face. He could not say whether the hand had hair on the palm or whether it was dark skin, but was quite sure it was a hand and not a paw. This subject was brown in color and had what appeared to be human-like hair covering its entire body.

When asked about the other occupants of the car, the witness was sure they had all seen the subject because they originally thought it was a person on the side of the road miles from any town. They discussed how odd it was for someone to do that at that time of night all alone, however, in further discussion realized the "man" wasn't wearing any discernible clothes and was very large.

The other witnesses were not available for interview; it had been ten years since the witness had spoken with any of them.

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