Report # 4709 (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Friday, July 26, 2002.
Moped rider hears loud vocalizations and crashing in woods near Edinboro
COUNTY: Erie County
LOCATION DETAILS: on Old State Rd off of Rt. 99
NEAREST TOWN: Erie and Edinboro
NEAREST ROAD: Old State Rd.
OBSERVED: In 1991 my mom had a pole barn built on some property she owned in the country. This particular weekend my brothers and sisters and their families got together for a picnic. It was around noon when we arrived and started setting up the tables and preparing the food. My one brother had purchased a moped that was in excellent condition which he kept there for anyone to ride. After about an hour I thought I would take my son for a ride. He was 3 at that time.
We were the first ones to ride that day.
I thought that it would be a good idea to ride back in the woods since I like them so much.
There are parts where there is mostly good size trees, and there are areas where there is a lot of
tall saplings. though those are up toward the front of the woods. We were back there about 15 minutes When I heard the most GOD AWFULL scream I’ve ever heard in my life. The kind that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. The first time I heard it, it was quite some distance away but still very loud. Being that the moped was like new it was very quite, and at times you wouldn’t think it was running. The second time I heard the scream it was a lot closer.
I’d say maybe 1/4 mile. But only 10 seconds or so had passed. You have to wonder what can travel that fast in the woods and swamp.
About another 10 seconds passed and it screamed again. This time it sounded like it was right near us. I really wanted to see what it was
but then I thought could I protect my son.
Whatever was coming was smashing everything. It sounded like it was knocking everything down that was in it’s way. As soon as I heard that I turned the moped around and was trying to go as fast as I could. Many times I would have to help push the bike with my feet to keep it going. I told my son if anything happened to run as fast as he could the direction we were going, and to not stop till he got back to the pole barn. We finally got out of the woods and into the field. I was hollering at the top of my voice to get someone’s attention.
But everyone was in front of the pole barn so no body heard me. All I could think of then was here
I’m about to die and nobody will see anything.
We got to the front of the pole barn and the reason nobody heard me was cause they had the radio playing loud. I told everyone what happened, and everyone had a good laugh. But no one would go back to see if anything was still there. I really wanted to see what it was, but I was not willing to go back by myself.
ALSO NOTICED: Whatever made those screams was big.
The only way to describe it is to think of someone set on fire, and screaming into a set of amplified speakers with a lot of amps.
OTHER WITNESSES: My son. Riding with me
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 1 or 2 pm Very sunny day about 70 degrees.
ENVIRONMENT: At that time it was very heavily wooded.
There is a good amount of swamp back in the center of the woods. The area is still pretty wooded but there are more homes around the area.
The block is about 2 by 3 miles square.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Jim Osborne:
When I talked to the witness he related that in July (?) of 2000 he was on the property with his wife, son, and nephew doing some general cleanup. He had just finished cleaning up an area when he began looking around seeing what else would need to be done. Suddenly there were several large thuds which were of sufficient force to shake the ground so that he could feel them in his feet. As he started to look up he caught a glimpse of a shadowy, large, upright figure moving very fast through the woods but disappearing just as he managed to focus on it. He immediately entered the wooded area looking for the figure, but found nothing. He returned to the clearing where the others were and began relating what he had seen when two deer acting very spooked entered the clearing from the area of the woods he had seen the figure, and stopped upon seeing the humans. For a few minutes of indecision they kept looking behind them into the woods then at the humans, doing this back and forth several times as if judging which was more dangerous, before bolting off in a new direction.