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DATE: early march
COUNTY: Jackson County
LOCATION DETAILS: There are a few houses with acreage in the area;
NEAREST TOWN: Grain Valley
NEAREST ROAD: Ryan Road
OBSERVED: I was driving to work very early in the morning, since I had to drive from Grain Valley, MO to Olathe, KS to work. I use the back roads to avoid the freeways. I came around a curve and a very large creature/person was walking in the road. As I came around the curb, I slowed down to pass this "person" and thought, "Good Lord this is a big person." The creature/person was so tall, That the hands and lower arm were at my passenger side car window. (I drove a Nissan Cube.) Since I had slowed down and moved over, I looked back and this creature/person, had crossed the road behind me and was already over a 4 foot fence and moving quickly through the field on the drivers side.
The creature/person was very dark in color, even when my lights hit him. He was all hairy and I thought goodness, that coat is over kill, until I realized it was not a coat, but a hairy creature/person.
I think he was walking along the road, because he wouldn't suspect anyone to be on this road at 4:30-4:45 in the morning. It was still very dark out and the road is pretty much without street lights.
ALSO NOTICED: There had been sightings and rock throwing incidents about 2 to 3 miles to the north-northeast of this location.
OTHER WITNESSES: I was alone.
OTHER STORIES: Sightings and rock throwing in the Grain Valley area.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Around 4:30-4:45 am
Very cold in early March, but dry.
ENVIRONMENT: Dark Country road with houses that set on acreage.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Brian R. Woods:
I have met with the witness, and have had several conversations with her about her experience. She reiterated the details of the story to me, and we also drove the route she was taking on the morning of the road crossing. It is indeed a country road, lined with trees, farmland, and scattered residences with long driveways leading to them. It's a curvy road, and would've been difficult to see what was around the bend in a few areas. Its the type of country road that most drivers will slow down before rounding sharp curves, for safety. The witness, that morning, came around a particular corner, and witnessed a very tall, hairy figure crossing the street, virtually right next to her car. She actually had to turn the steering wheel and swerve into the left hand lane to avoid colliding with the figure. Her first thought was that this was one of the area residents, possibly taking their trash to the curb, etc. From where she sat in the driver's seat, she was able to get a clear observation of the animal's arm and a hand, at the same level as her passenger side window. When she re-positioned herself for a better look, the figure turned its head to face away from the headlights and the witness, as if to obscure its face. The hair is described as dark, and initially, she thought it might be a heavy fur coat. The apparent height and appearance made her reconsider this, though. As she passed the area, she could see that the animal had made it over a 4 foot barbed wire fence, and had made rapid distance into a field, vanishing into the darkness. She continued to use this same route in her morning commute for many months, and couldn't help but watch for another appearance of the tall, hairy figure every time.
I find the witness to be credible, and she has been consistent with her account of the sighting every time she has talked about it. I am appreciative that she chose to tell her story to me, and trust the BFRO to accurately document what she experienced. The area is well-established as an active area for sasquatch research, as noted in the BFRO reports database entries for Jackson County, MO.
Here is a short clip from a video interview that was conducted, while driving in the location of her sighting.
About BFRO Investigator Brian R. Woods:
Brian is a former Emergency Medical Technician, as well as an outdoor enthusiast, and proud Scouting father. He's been a lifelong resident of the Midwest, surrounded by many miles of Missouri forests, waterways, and wildlife.