Class 3a

Family has early morning encounter at small bridge.

Report#
02080029
Occurred July 1972
(Submitted February 10, 2005)

Witness Observation

My family and I were driving home early in the morning between 2 and 3 A.M. We took a shortcut down HW 63 which runs between Haleyville, Ok and Kiowa, Ok. The highway now is paved, but at the time of our encounter it was a well maintained dirt road. The road had many curves and hills. We were traveling around 40-50 mph. We crossed over a hill and right below the hill was a small bridge. On this bridge was a creature that was standing to the right of our pickup as we passed by.

The creature was between 6-7 ft. tall and had brown shaggy hair all over it similar to an irish setter dog. As we passed, I looked at the creature right in the face. His face resembled that of an old man's. More human than apelike. I could see that the creature's face had wrinkles and very little hair around it's eyes and nose. The creature had no neck and it looked as if his head was just plopped up on his shoulders. I felt like we surprised the creature and once he finally saw us, he had nowhere to go. I remember seeing him stand real stiff against the bridge's railing as we passed. I asked my mother to turn around and see if we could get a better look at this mysterious creature. She replied" No way!!" I asked her what she thought we saw, she replied" I guess it was a bear." I felt that it looked more like a man. She said that it was way to big to be a man.

At the time of this incident, I had never heard of such thing as a bigfoot or sasquatch. Although we only got a quick glimpse of this creature, it couldn't have been an illusion. We all felt that we saw the same thing.

Additional Observations

There were 5 witnesses involved. My mother, two brothers, sister, and myself driving down the road going home.

My older brother is a accomplished trapper. He is also an outstanding woodsman. He lives in the Broken Bow, Okla. area. While scouting for bobcat tracks, he claims to have had an encounter.

It was a heavily wooded area and hilly. The encounter happened while crossing over a small bridge that covered a small creek.

Time and Conditions

2:00 am - Around 2 A.M. in the morning, very dark, very little moonlight.

Investigator's Comments

Daryl Colyer

This investigation was conducted as a result of an incident that allegedly occurred in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, in 1972.

I interviewed the witness at length and in detail about the experience that he and his family allegedly had in 1972 in rural Oklahoma. The other witnesses were not available for interview. Though it occurred many years ago, the event left an indelible mark on the witness and his family.

The witness explained to me, just as he mentioned in his report, that at the time of the encounter, he and his family had absolutely no knowledge of a creature referred to as "bigfoot" or "sasquatch." All in the vehicle saw the subject as their vehicle crossed the narrow bridge.

The witness recalled that the subject was so close to him as their vehicle passed it, that he probably could have touched the subject had he extended his arm outside the window.

The witness recalled that the face reminded him of an "old unshaven man."

Immediately after passing the subject, the witness told his mother to turn around, but his mother refused, and told the children that what they had seen was a bear. However, years later, his mother admitted that it was no bear and was way too large to have been a man. Besides, they all saw that the subject was covered with hair. They really had no conventional explanation for what they saw.

The next day, the witness's father ridiculed them and made light of the experience. It wasn't until years later that the group talked about it again.

It is now discussed from time to time at family gatherings; the family still ponders what they saw and how it defied reason. They have come to terms with the realization that what they saw was most likely an undocumented, rare species of animal commonly referred to as bigfoot.

Since I was only able to interview one of the witnesses, the report has been classified as 3a.

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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.