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Media Article # 714

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Bedford Co. Dispatch Gets Bigfoot Call

By Angela Hatcher
ABC 13

Bedford Co., VA - He's a legend. Most say a myth. People hunt for him on reality television. But a Bedford County woman says her story is no joke. She called the Sheriff’s Office about Bigfoot.

ABC 13 spoke to the woman by phone Thursday. She provided details on the condition of anonymity. The woman said she recently moved to the area and does not want to get a reputation with her new neighbors.

"I know this is going to sound crazy,” said the woman in a call to Bedford dispatch on September 9.

The woman told the dispatcher she was driving up Route 43, toward the Peaks of Otter, around 11:40p.m. on September 9. She said her headlights hit something strange past Turkey Mountain Road, just before the first bridge. This is part of her conversation with a dispatcher on September 11.

Caller: "I know this is going to sound crazy, but I went back and checked and there were prints, a Bigfoot with a baby."

Dispatcher: "There were what?"

Caller: "It was a Bigfoot with a baby."

After assuring the dispatcher she hadn't been drinking, the woman offered no explanation why she waited two days to call. She says she went back in daylight.

Caller: "I did see some footprints and the stride was longer than anything I could make."

The woman says the creature's footprint was bigger than her two feet together, end to end. She wears a size 8 shoe. She says the creature was holding its baby the way a human would.

Caller: "The baby was looking right at me."

The woman told ABC 13 the baby looked just like Chewbacca from “Star Wars”.

Caller: "Have you ever gotten other reports like this?"

Dispatcher: "I've never had a call like this in my life."

The dispatcher told the woman he’s worked in dispatch 10 years.

A deputy checked out the area and didn't see anything.

The woman said she knows they were not bears. We've got a call in to a state biologist to see if he can explain what she may have seen.

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