Class 3a

Firefighter Captain remembers childhood encounter.

Report#
04080020
Occurred July 1974
(Submitted February 6, 2006)

Witness Observation

I'm 40 now, what I saw and heard was from when I was about 8 years old. We (family) used to go camping a lot during the summer months to various camping areas. This time we went to an area just outside of Indian Creek known to us as Little Indian Creek.

I had been asleep when I was awakened by the sounds of the raccoons in the garbage cans as they often did. Being a kid it was fun as well as fascinating to watch them play so I decided to stay up and watch them; everyone else was still sleeping. I don't know how long I watched but I noticed they kept looking towards the woods. The woods were separated from our camp by a narrow (4'-5' across) but deep stream (5-6' deep). The embankment was about 10 feet in height at this point in the creek. All of a sudden I heard a loud splash, the sound was like wading. It was at this point that I noticed all the raccoons were gone. I crouched down barely looking over the window edge so as not to let what was coming across the creek see me watching. As it rose out of the creek it let out a very deep growl almost roar type sound then made some grunting sounds as it climbed the embankment as it did this I heard another splash as it sounded like another entered the water. I watched as the 1st silhouetted creature climbed out of the creek area and into sight (we kept 2 lanterns on during the night for security reasons). As I saw this creature go through our things that were left out, I began to cry from fear. In front of me was a creature that appeared at least 7' tall and very big, and appeared to be covered in hair. I watched it as the 2nd came out of the creek making almost the same growl and grunting sounds as the 1st had done. I laid back down, not wanting to see them look my way and come to where I was. I lay there motionless for what seemed forever till I heard them leave the same way they had come. As they did the racoons returned shortly thereafter. The next day I found where something clawed its way up the embankment. I never told anyone about what I saw that night.

Sounds

Growl, low roar sound.

Additional Observations

It was near Indian Creek.

Time and Conditions

12:00 am - low light provided by lanterns

Investigator's Comments

Daryl Colyer

This investigation is a result of an incident that allegedly occurred in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, 1974.

The witness and I have discussed this incident on quite a few occasions; I know him well. He is adamant that what he saw were not bears or humans. He is certain in his own mind that there are no other animals that are within the physical parameters of those silhouetted animals that he watched and heard. That is, the animals were quite large, appeared upright and were covered with hair. They were at the campsite for what seemed an eternity to the young boy, but was more likely just a few minutes, before leaving as quickly as they came.

It was not until much later when he was older that the witness began to consider the possibility that he had had some sort of strange encounter with unknown animals that we refer to as sasquatches.

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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.