Class 1d

Three off-duty law officers have encounter while fishing on Old River Lake.

Report#
03080034
Occurred March 13, 2008
(Submitted March 20, 2008)

Witness Observation

We were crappie fishing in a lake by the Arkansas River. We were catching crappie in shallow water by the bank when we smelled a bad smell like body odor and saw him looking at us through the brush. He snort-grunted like a hog and took off. We found a few fish remains where he stood but the sand was not conducive to leaving a good print.

Sounds

Grunt-snort.

Additional Observations

Parts of eaten fish.

Time and Conditions

11:00 am - Clear, windy.

Investigator's Comments

Daryl Colyer

This investigation was conducted as a result of an incident that allegedly occurred in Arkansas County, Arkansas in March 2008.

I talked at length to all three witnesses involved in this incident. The three men were reportedly fishing in a boat about 60 yards from the north wooded bank of the Old River Lake, very near the Arkansas River, north of Grady. They were using a trolling motor to maneuver around and were being fairly quiet.

The men indicated that they had been fishing less than an hour when they smelled something and then the primary witness saw movement on the bank. He indicated that at that time he saw an upright figure, with long, shaggy, brown hair bending over and then standing on the bank. The witness said that he briefly yelled, which alerted the other witnesses. The witness said the subject appeared to have bent down and stood up; his impression was that it had grabbed a fish.

The second witness also reportedly saw the subject and described it as at least eight feet tall, upright and covered with brown hair. He indicated that it appeared to have a fish in its mouth. He said when he looked, the subject quickly made an abrupt noise and turned away, hurriedly walking into the woods and disappearing.

The third witness looked just in time to merely see vague movement in the trees and was not able to make out any detail.

The primary and secondary witnesses could not discern facial details; the estimated distance of the sighting was approximately 60 yards. The witnesses saw the arms swing as the subject walked off, but neither could remember details about the legs. The second witness recalled that the subject's gluteal area seemed flat. They could discern no indications of gender. Both witnesses indicated that the estimated length of the visual encounter was no more than 10 seconds. They estimated that the length of hair was at least six inches and possibly as long as ten inches.

Immediately after seeing the subject, the three men elected to leave that part of the lake and went to fish elsewhere. They were, by their own admission, somewhat shaken after the incident and actually did not fish for much longer. However, just before leaving the lake for good, they returned momentarily to the spot where they saw the subject to look for tracks. They remained in the boat but were very close to the bank. They could not see tracks, but there were remains of dead fish all along the bank.

The witnesses are in law enforcement and wanted to ensure total anonymity. The primary witness has told a few people about the incident, but he said no one has believed him and so he is now quite reluctant to talk about it. When I first contacted him, he was very reluctant to discuss it because he thought it might be someone mocking him.

The primary witness indicated his desire for the subject to be left alone. He voiced concern about the possibility of it being shot and expressed his hope that that would not occur. As he saw it, the subject was not harming anyone or anything, and he believed that it deserved to live. He indicated that since there was one, that there must be a population of them, and if it is nocturnal and rare, that would explain why it is so difficult to just see one.

The witnesses told me that it had rained more than twelve inches in parts of Arkansas within the last several days and now the rivers and creeks in the area are overflowing; the site is now under water.

The witnesses said if the agency with whom they are employed were to find out about the incident, it would not bode well for them.

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