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DATE: Not sure, mid October
COUNTY: Roanoke County
LOCATION DETAILS: It was the neighborhood next to William Byrd School. One of neighborhoods next to it is Toddsbury. It's right off the Blue Ridge Parkway and its mountains
NEAREST TOWN: Vinton
NEAREST ROAD: Route 24
OBSERVED: It was last year (2019) around mid October near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Me and my boyfriend were working for the Roanoke Times delivering newspapers when this encounter happened. We delivered anywhere from 12am-6am. We were almost done with the route when we went to turn down this dead end maintenance road since there was houses at the end of that who got the paper. It was around 3:30-4am. While My boyfriend was going down the gravel end maintenance road the headlights caught a glimpse of this thing standing right at where the grass met the road. It stood about 7ft tall and it took off up the hill. It kinda walked fast, not necessarily ran. It was dark brown and had shaggy hair like fur. It was on 2 feet and walked like a human with its arms swaying back in forth right below the knees.
I screamed out for my boyfriend to stop the car, but by time his reaction time kicked in whatever it was had already made it's way up the hill. My boyfriend positioned the car so the lights would shine up that hill and that's when we saw 2 bright glowing red/yellow eyes looking back at us. What was strange was it was hiding behind a huge tree and how high the eyes was up from the ground was close to 7ft tall. You could clearly see the eyes blink. We sat there for approximately 10 minutes and finally decided to finish up the route and come back. We did eventually come back after we got done with the last house and it was gone, but you could see where tree limbs and grass was pushed down from where it was standing on the side of the road.
Maybe less then a month before we had that encounter we had heard tree knocks while on our route, from deep down in the woods maybe a neighborhood or two over. It scared us so bad when we heard it that we just bagged the newspaper up and threw it on the side of the road.
ALSO NOTICED: There was alot of deer while doing our route, but where this encounter happened we never saw a single deer in that area for the 5 or so months we delivered the paper for 7 days a week
OTHER WITNESSES: Just my bf who was driving, no one is out that late
OTHER STORIES: No
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Around 3:30-4am, it was a very nice quite night with a little bit of moonlight showing between the trees. The weather was cold
ENVIRONMENT: Trees, there is a creek nearby and mountains. As well as the parkway
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
I spoke with Brandi at length. She seems very credible. She and her boyfriend Chris no longer deliver newspapers but they still live in the area. They stopped delivering newspapers because they both had day jobs so they had very little time to sleep in between. It wasn't sustainable. Newspaper delivery drivers work in the wee hours of the morning. They are often witnesses to sasquatches and other wildlife that no one else will see due to the hours they operate.
The neighborhood in question is on the edge of Roanoke County. The other side of the county line is Bedford County with a large, densely forested wild area. It is private land containing two large reservoirs. The nearest one is Falling Creek Reservoir. The encounter happened at the very end of Falling Creek Drive. The habitat is a hilly with a mix of oaks and conifers and loads of deer.
About BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
Matthew Moneymaker is originally from the Los Feliz District of Los Angeles, California.
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
- Founder of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization,1995.
- Writer and co-producer of the Discovery Channel documentary "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science", 2001.
- Co-producer of the TV Series "Mysterious Encounters" for the Outdoor Life Network (OLN Channel), 2002.
- Producer of the "2003 International Bigfoot Symposium" (Willow Creek Symposium) DVD set, 2004.
- Co-host of "Finding Bigfoot" on Animal Planet Channel, 2010 - 2017.
- Current Director of the BFRO