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COUNTY: Jackson County
LOCATION DETAILS: From the curve of Old Pink Hill Road go south east through an open grassy feild to the tree line along Sni-a-Bar creek. It was in the trees along the creek. It is usually wet in that area. Crops of soy beans were on the west side of the dike where this thing came from. Some what of an open area along the creek.
NEAREST TOWN: Oak Grove
NEAREST ROAD: Old Pink Hill Road
OBSERVED: It was in October of 1991 or 1992. I was bowhunting in the evening. I was on a neighbors property along a creek. I was standing on the ground in front of a dike going around a field. the sun was just begining to set. I had taken a few steps to begin to leave when I heard rustling coming from behind me. I thought it might be a deer so I turned around and froze. I watched along the top of this dike or levee for the deer to come over the top. As the sound got closer I finally saw a head come over the ridge of the dike. As the form moved up the dike it got larger and taller, it moved over the dike no more than 50 yards from me. I could smell a musky slight skunky smell in the air. As this thing came down the same side of the dike I got down on the ground frozen with fear! I don't remember breathing but thought my heart was going to explode! At the bottom of the dike it stopped and looked around as if it knew something was in the area. As it began to walk away the pungent smell went away. When it was out of sight I got back up and ran home as fast as I could. When I got home I turned on ll the lights, changed clothes and left for town for the rest of the night.
ALSO NOTICED: It had to be, at the very least, 7 to 8 feet tall. I was also hunting with a friend before this incident and he though he saw a bear.
OTHER WITNESSES: None
OTHER STORIES: there has been some talk about a creature takin some chickens close by. I have also heard from older folks refer to a creature named the Sni-a-Bar monster.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: I would say it was around 5:00 p.m. Dusk not dark yet.
ENVIRONMENT: Creek banks. Wet swampy. Crop fields nearby. plenty of wildlife.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Robert Driscoll:
12/26/11 Emailed witness for interview.
1/8/12 Interviewed witness today by phone, he is very credible and detailed in his descriptions and statement.
The witness was bow hunting, heard the rustling of leaves and saw the large bipedal creature walk up the far side of the dike. He saw its head first, then shoulders, then full body as it climbed the dike. It then stood on the top of the dike before coming down the near side walking toward the witness. It stopped, looked in the witness' direction and walked along the creek into the tall brush out of sight.
The witness described it as a large bipedal animal, walking upright on two legs, over 7 ft. tall, weighing over 300 lb, with black, stringy, matted, long hair from head to toe. It had wide shoulders, a very athletic and thick build with unusually long arms and large hands. The animal made no sound other than from its walking. The witness was approximately 40 yards from the animal, close enough to smell a very pungent skunk, wet, thick smell. The aroma got stronger as the animal got closer and weakened as it walked away. The witness hid from the animal by crouching on the ground in the tall brush.
The witness was intimidated by the experience and immediately left the area. He has not been back to the site since the incident in October 1991. He was very detailed in his recollection and admitted he will never forget the incident for as long as he lives.
About BFRO Investigator Robert Driscoll:
Retired Police Officer, Latent Crime Scene Investigator
Attended 5 BFRO Expeditions: Missouri Exp 2009 and 2010; Tennessee Exp 2010 and 2011; Illinois Spring Exp 2011