Report # 3315 (Class A)
Submitted by witness on Wednesday, November 7, 2001.
Nighttime sighting by mother and son in Lynx, near West Union
YEAR: 1997 -98
COUNTY: Adams County
LOCATION DETAILS: The nearest town that shows on a map is West Union, we actually live some 8-10 miles easterly from there off State Road 125 in the Brush Creek Township in the community known as Lynx.
NEAREST TOWN: West Union near Lynx
NEAREST ROAD: Tobe Lewis Road
OBSERVED: The sighting occurred around l0 pm at night, we live in a very rural area of Adams County, Ohio, we have a house on 60 very wooded acres. My wife
was sitting a watching TV, as were we all, we have a back window near the TV some l0 feet from where we sit, my wife suddenly said that there two eyes staring at her thru the window. I first thought she was joking, but she wasn’t, I got up and went to the window, which was closed, as it was cold, and opened the window and could not here anything or see anything, but it was dark. At about the same time as my wife said she saw the eyes, my oldest son was getting up to go outside on our front screen deck porch, as I was at the window, my son had just gone out the sliding glass door to the porch and was lighting a cigarette, as I turned away from the window, my son, opened the door and was yelling for me as he was pointing out the porch to the separate garage building that is next to our house, he dropped his cigarette and stood there looking for a few seconds and then quickly came into the house saying that he had just seen a big hairy thing looking around the corner of the garage in his direction. This got us all excited and somewhat scared, I had just had a knee operation so I did not go outside to investigate, I did however get a gun out and load it. I went onto the porch but I did not here or see anything. I was convinced that my wife and son had seen the samething, as it could have walked across the back of the house and garage and come around the corner within that time frame. My wife described the eyes as very close together and a glowing green color and larger than a humans eyes. My son described the creature as being very dark in color, with the hair very long and hanging down over its face, he couldn’t make out any facial features. Our deck/porch is some 4 feet raised off the ground with the garage on the ground, based on my sons description of the height of the head in relation to the basketball hoop that was on the front of the garage, the thing was in the 7-8 feet tall range. The next day I went out looking for any signs, I found nothing at the window or behind the house and garage area at the corner, I walked across a grass field that extends out from the side of the garage and did find what appeared to be a faint impression of a very large foot in a hard clay/sand non grassy spot. I measured and copied the imprint the best I could, I have it somewhere in a notebook, but do remember it being some 16 inches in length and some 10-12 inches in width across the top, the impression was made along the weight bearing area’s with a large arch area that left no impression, the toes appeared to be small with all leaving the same type of impression. This sighting occurred in late December, around l0pm at night, and I feel that the year was l997 or l998.
I also, a year or so before this sighting, being on the rear deck porch off our master bedroom, also later at night, hear a strange howling sound far off in the distance, sounding like it was near the top of the ridge some l/4 mile up the hill behind our house. I don’t think it was a coyote or dog.
OTHER WITNESSES: Two witnesses, my wife and son, I saw the foot print impression the next day and I heard the howling noise. My wife and son were watching TV in our living room.
OTHER STORIES: No, I mentioned it to the neighbors, but they didn’t say anything.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Around 10 pm at night. It was a good weather night and cold, but above freezing.
ENVIRONMENT: Very wooded and hilly terrain.
Follow-up investigation report:
I spoke with the son who saw the animal. He described it as being “a big hairy thing.” His impression was that the animal was standing upright, as a human would, that it was very tall, and that it was “peeking” at him from behind the family garage.
The sighting occurred at nighttime but a yard light was on and provided illumination. The witness saw what he thought was the head and shoulder of the animal as it leaned out from behind the building. He was unable to make out any facial features, however, and said he could not even be certain that the animal was facing him, but the “peeking” behavior made him think it was. He described the head as round and thought the animal was covered with “hair.”
The sighting frightened the witness and he immediately withdrew into the house and so he did not see the animal leave.
The witness was quite sure that what he saw was not a bear. He said he’d never seen a bear in the area, that the very tall, upright posture was un-bear-like, and that it just didn’t look like a bear. At the time of the sighting the witness said he didn’t have any idea of what he was seeing. That unknown
quality seems to be what made the experience so frightening to him. Only afterward, when the family members discussed the episode, did they arrive at the conclusion that it must have been a bigfoot.
The witness is now a serviceman. He seemed absolutely truthful and I have no doubt that his experience was real.