Class 1d

Two children have encounter while playing on creek not far from home.

Report#
02080034
Occurred Summer 2006
(Submitted August 2, 2007)

Witness Observation

Large, reddish-brown creature seen, possibly two.

I was playing with my brother on the creek when we heard the brush moving. I looked up and it was just standing there. I yelled to my brother, "What is that?" When he looked it was gone. He didn't believe me when I said there was something tall, hairy and reddish-brown standing there looking at us until a couple minutes later the brush was moving again. We got really scared and decided to leave. As we were leaving on our 4-wheelers it ran right in front of us as we went home. It was tall maybe 7 to 8 feet tall reddish-brown hair, lots of hair, long legs and arms. I don't know what its face looked like.

Three days later a neighbor saw it on our property across the road from her house about 30 yards from her porch it scared her so bad she had to go to the hospital.

Sounds

Strange screams had been heard in the area. I heard tree branches moving, it didn't make any noises when we saw it but the neighbor said she yelled, "oh my God!" and it made a snorting sound when she saw it later.

Additional Observations

Our pastures are full of pecan trees. There are also plum trees and wild berries.

Time and Conditions

Hot summer evening on a sandy bar on Caney Creek.

Investigator's Comments

Jerry Hestand and Mark Porter

This investigation was conducted as a result of incidents that allegedly occurred in Atoka County, Oklahoma in the summer of 2006.

We first heard of this reported incident via TV station KXII, which covers North Texas and Southern Oklahoma. The report included several photos that were obviously hoaxed. A few days later another report was aired with a group of bigfoot researchers that were in the area and had called the TV station for an interview.

I (Jerry Hestand) dismissed this report until a local land owner called our toll-free phone number and said the ridiculous photos on the media report were hoaxed by a local resident, and had nothing to do with the actual sighting. The caller volunteered to let the NAWAC look around her property that was directly adjacent to the sighting area.

On 9 August 2007, NAWAC investigator Mark Porter and I traveled to Atoka County. We met the landowner?s wife around 5:15 p.m. She took us to the home of the witness after showing us an excellent aerial map of her property, and gave us background info on the local witnesses. When we arrived at the farmhouse, the children were not at home, but the father volunteered to take us to the location. We drove through pasture and woods until we came to a steep creek bank over looking Clear Boggy Creek. The father repeated the story, and his wife who arrived at the location later confirmed the report. The father was sure his children had seen something, not knowing exactly what, and the mother said she also believed her children were telling the truth.

We returned at around 8:15 p.m. and we interviewed the two witnesses: a boy and girl. The girl remembered seeing a creature that was very tall with very long legs and arms. She recalled that the subject stood upright on two legs and was completely covered with reddish-brown hair. She said it was taller and bigger than her father, who is well over six feet tall. She remembered no facial or body details other than size and hair. She believed that the subject knew she had seen it, and as soon as she spoke to her brother, it left. It fled from sight, but the moving bushes frightened the boy who didn't see it, but realized his sister had seen something that required a quick retreat to the ATVs.

The girl indicated that the she and her brother climbed up the steep, sandy bank and jumped on their ATVs. The female witness went to states that before she and her brother could leave the wooded patch of farmland where they were parked, either the same subject or a second similar one ran at an angle in front of them. This time the sister did not see it, but the brother saw it as it swiftly moved away from them. Once again, he could see no detail. The subject(s) seemed to move remarkably fast, and the boy said what he saw ran in a most un-humanlike motion. The details of the movement reminded me of the theories surrounding the locomotion of the subject in the famous Patterson-Gimlin film.

The father and mother speculated that there were indeed two subjects. The father had gone to the location after hearing his children's' story, and he found no footprints. He reasoned that if it were the same animal that crossed in front of the ATVs, it would have had to cross the creek making tracks in the sandbars separating the two banks. Also, there was no splashing sound heard by the children, which would have been the case had there only been one subject.

We thanked the family for their help, and both families that had helped us that day invited us back to the area. We asked to go to the location again before we left, and the owners agreed.

We staked out a position on the bank across from the area where the subject was reportedly seen after arriving at the area around 9:00 p.m. We had third generation night vision monoculars, a Sony Camcorder with night shot, and a powerful light with an UV filter on the lens. In a very short time we heard something or someone walking in the sighting area breaking dead limbs and twigs. This continued off and on for about thirty minutes. Several times these sounds were accompanied by huffing and snorting sounds. Our impression was that there was something there that did not seem to want us there; it seemed that it was trying to find out what we were or trying to get us to leave. Unfortunately, it would almost come into sight, but would retreat before we could see it in the bright moonlight or spot eye shine with our night vision. We later looked on the creek banks and found a variety of human and known animal tracks, but nothing that could definitely be identified as unknown.

We left the area around 11:00 p.m., but we hope to return soon. We would also like to talk to the witness who was in the local newspaper, issue, Sunday July 30, 2006, "Sighting of creature terrifies Caney woman", http://www.newsok.com/article/2822949.

This area supposedly has a history of sightings, and the local families seemed sincere in their information. Perhaps a future trip to the area will reveal more.

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