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COUNTY: Clatsop County
LOCATION DETAILS: West on 26 out of Portland, north on 101, 3 miles, west side of highway.
NEAREST TOWN: Seaside, OR
NEAREST ROAD: Highway 101
OBSERVED: On Friday morning, August 1, 2008 at about 2:35 AM, I was awakened from sleep in my rented 19 ft travel trailer to what initially sounded like a man yelling for his dog. My family and I were vacationing in Seaside, OR and we were staying at Circle Creek RV Park, located on Highway 101 about one mile south of the popular destination town.
After being woken up, I listened for some time before getting up and asking my wife if she had heard what I was hearing. She had been sleeping with our two young sons at the opposite end of the trailer. What we both heard for the subsequent 25 minutes was a deeper voice calling, as if searching for someone. We could not make out what the person was saying, and it seemed odd to both of us that the vocalizations were exact replicas of each other, that is, each call sounded identical to the other. It was almost as if someone was walking around with a tape-recorded selection repeating plays in uneven short intervals.
The vocalizations seemed to rapidly circle the RV park along a bordering creek and hedge-row. This movement of the sounds would have required the individual to be constantly running. My wife and I both observed out the windows in the trailer, looking for a flashlight or some other indication of someone searching. The security lighting in the RV park made it difficult to notice forms outside the perimeter.
The tone and timbre, and completely unintelligible nature of the vocalization seemed similar to the "samurai chatter" recordings on the BFRO website.
At one point the vocalizations became so close to our trailer and so loud that my wife became profoundly afraid. I began wondering if any of the other guests in the park had been awakened, and if they were shaken up as we were.
At about 3 AM a car drove up from the highway and three passengers with flashlights exited the vehicle, and proceeded to their campsite. The car drove away. This activity brought silence to our unintelligible visitor, and we were not disturbed for the rest of the night. At 7 AM I asked the RV park manager if he had heard “all of the commotion” the previous night, and he said that he had not heard a thing. I was disappointed to be heading back to Portland that day, as I had hoped to talk with other park guests about the incident.
OTHER WITNESSES: One witness, my wife, we were both sleeping
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Early morning, security lighting, misty rain.
ENVIRONMENT: East of a coastal ridge, west of a coastal range both with heavy clear-cuts.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Kristi Sanders:
The witness was very credible, and had this to add:
"Feeling I got there was it was like a thorough fare, where they could cross the road there safely, and the tide was out, and it was raining. That was my first close up vocalization experience it was almost human and it was eerie no decipherable words just inflection and it went until it was 100-150 yards away and it sounded like it came from the area adjacent to tent camping area, then it got within 50-60 feet of trailer, and there was anxiety in the voice, like it was looking for someone, and it was so timberal, and close to the samurai chatter, but obviously primate sound. We were there for a week and only ones with kids, and kids were outside playing and rambunctious inside."
He mentioned his wife was paralyzed with fear, and would not go out, he wanted to go check, but she said no way!
The BFRO has received many compelling reports from the coastal areas of Oregon, including Report #13653 titled "Dusk sighting by a US Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer on the beach south of Tillamook".
About BFRO Investigator Kristi Sanders:
Kristi Sanders, a twice-qualified National NPC bodybuilder, personal trainer, gym owner, and business CE lecturer, was raised in a hunting and fishing family. When Kristi is not working, she is camping with her daughter (rain or shine) and exploring the Pacific NW to pass on her love of the outdoors to the next generation. Kristi attended the 2009 WA Cascades Expedition.