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DATE: around 3 or 4 am Sun
STATE: North Carolina
COUNTY: Montgomery County
NEAREST TOWN: Albemarle
NEAREST ROAD: 24/27
OBSERVED: I backpack in Uwharrie with a group of up to six kids on a regular basis as a trip leader for a wilderness outing program. This past winter I experienced the same strange occurrance on two different occasions in the same spot at a primitive campsite our group had scratched out along the Super Tree Loop in the Woodrun area of the forest. During the wee hours of the morning in Dec. and once again in Jan. I've heard footsteps crunching through the heavy layer of dried leaves on the forest floor. This "person" was buswhwacking and not walking along the trail. "It" also came from the direction of deep woods just behind my tent and not anywhere near the main trail. Both times it crossed over the trail and continued on bushwacking through the woods in an easterly direction. I have to admit I was a little nervous about even moving around in my tent because I didn't want to attract attention. I laid there frozen both times until the thing was gone and didn't get a look at it. Both incidents happened on especially cold nights in Uwharrie (mid to upper teens). Hunting season was long over as well. Whatever it was did not use a flashlight and walked through the dense woods of this area smoothly without missing a step. The last thing I expected to see was a person out there in that weather at that time of the night with no flashlight. On another occasion in Jan. My co-leader had the exact same experience. He never looked to see what it was either.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Early morning Sun. Dark.
ENVIRONMENT: Pine/hardwood mixed forest/creek bottom/near power cut
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Tommy Poland:
I spoke to the witness by phone on Monday 1/31/2011. During the recount of his incident he seemed fairly credible as to the sounds he heard. While he wasn't quick to say it was a 'Bigfoot' he did think that that activity was unusual, especially since it had happened again to one of his associates a month later. All of the activity they both experienced was in the early morning hours, around 3 or 4 am.
I asked if he heard any sound such as breathing, or if he smelled anything unusual and he said no. The 'subject' just walked, through the leaf litter of the forest, off the trail with no hesitation. I asked if it could have just been a deer or other animal and he said no, it was something on two legs for certain.
About BFRO Investigator Tommy Poland:
U.S. Army Veteran with training in Combat Infantry. Stationed in Camp Casey, Korea, Ft. Lewis, Washington and Ft. Polk, Louisiana. Currently employed with a Fortune 500 Company as an IT Security Analyst. Attended the North and South Carolina Expeditions in 2007 and North Carolina Expedition in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
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