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COUNTY: Cass County
LOCATION DETAILS: E 259th Street, and the Glenwild Cemetery just off the paved road.
NEAREST TOWN: Cleveland
NEAREST ROAD: S Holmes Road
OBSERVED: Around the fall in 1989, it was a Friday night. I was driving me and some friends back from a night out at the local SkateLand in south Kansas City/Grandview, MO. These are cousins of my brothers friend, I befriended all the cousins. So there were 8 of us in my car. We were almost to their house, came around the S curves on Holmes Road/D High way. We were just about to get onto the dirt road and a bigfoot passed right in front of us heading into the cemetery just off the paved road. All eight of us seen the creature, a little freaked out and high tailed it to their house. I took another road to get home!!
ALSO NOTICED: Nothing was heard over the teen age conversations!!
OTHER WITNESSES: Yes, 8 witnesses. Talking amongst ourselves in the car.
OTHER STORIES: Yes, their dad/uncle has seen bigfoot multiple times on his property.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Around 11 pm. Dark and low dense fog.
ENVIRONMENT: Some trees, rural, and it passed into the cemetery.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Carter Buschardt:
Spoke with witness via phone and the sighting occurred as follows:
He had crammed 8-9 people into his 6 passenger car for a very short ride home as they left the local skating rink called Skateland. It closed in 2008 but building has been repurposed. As they headed down Holmes Rd. and were turning into the first curve in an S curve, they saw the creature. Witnesses car was heading East and the creature ran North towards the cemetery between a small patch of woods and the cemetery.
Description of event: There was a "low dense fog, around (human) calf height". A nearly full moon plus his headlights gave ample lighting. 11 PM at night. Creature was 6-7 feet tall and was light brown to a dirty blond color. When first sighted they were about 100 feet away and they got as close as 50 feet before it disappeared near the cemetery. The "arms were very long and hung well past the knees". There was "no hair on the face and the skin was a very dark tan or blackish in color". The "fingernails were long and appeared to be black".
The length of sighting was 10-12 seconds, as they had slowed to a crawl because of the curve and the number of passengers. When they all saw it, which was nearly instantaneous, there was "screaming and mayhem", which was another reason he slowed down and everyone got a good look.
As he mentioned, they were "freaked out" and they sped past it and took another way home.
This witness is retired military, and though this happened several decades ago, his recollection and attention to detail is what one might expect from a trained observer. He was not in the military at the time but he enlisted the following year. This is an active area 25 -35 miles south of Kansas City, Mo.
About BFRO Investigator Carter Buschardt:
Carter is originally from Texas & moved to Missouri in 1988. Professional drummer for 20 years. Improv & sketch comic and writer for 5 years. Lighting technician for major touring groups for several years. Experienced outdoorsman and was a trained investigator for MUFON. Studied Herpetology in college. Longtime special interest in Sasquatch long term habituation, burial research, infra sound, language & stick structures. He led three Missouri BFRO Public Expeditions:, 2012 & 2013 & 2014. Led public expedition for BFRO in Illinois in 2019.Participated in Iowa, 2012 Illinois. Michigan 2016. Private Expeditions: Illinois 2011, 2012, 2013. Missouri 2011, 2012 (3) 2013(2) 2014. Iowa 2012, 2014 & 2015. Consulted on two Animal Planet Finding Bigfoot TV shows. Expedition leader in Missouri 2013 (1) & 2014 (2) & Illinois Expedition 2019 (1). Led night ops on numerous BFRO expeditions. Hosted a public Town Hall meeting in Missouri in 2017.