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COUNTY: Cass County
LOCATION DETAILS: Cass county side of Settles Ford on the north side of the river, 2nd parking lot coming into the conservation area before reaching the river
NEAREST TOWN: Grandview
NEAREST ROAD: US 71
OBSERVED: I was going to Settle's Ford conservation area with my girlfriend to look at the stars. We pulled up to a gravel parking lot with fields to the east and a tree line to the west. My girlfriend and I felt uneasy for some reason when we got out of the car, but it had only been our second time there and we didn't bring her dog this time around. I have a pretty powerful little spotlight flashlight with a zoom lens to really get a distant read on eye shine. I decided to do a quick look around with it and almost out it down when I thought i saw something out of place in the field. I don't know why it caught my attention, as I had just skimmed over it with my flashlight before bringing it back around to decipher whether or not I was looking at an animal or a tree. But I noticed it was a little more... white? I shined the light on this thing for no more than 3 seconds before it started moving west. This was 50 yards away, but the first thought that came to my mind was it was a man, and told my girlfriend to immediately get in the car. Once I jumped in I realized that it is nearly 1 am, there are no cars here, and nobody would be in a field dressed in white at the hours. It just doesn't make sense.
I then pulled my car around back to the road in it's direction to try and take a closer look, but only 40 feet or so down the gravel road, the fog started to get heavy. Feeling incredibly creeped out, me and my girlfriend high tailed it back home.
From the distance in the fog, I could tell it was white, upright, somewhat slender and VERY tall. The head was distinct from the rest of the body and it seemed to move at a little more than casual pace once it realized I could see it standing there. I know this was not a deer because I would see the rest of it's body and I know it wasn't another person because a singular person would be out of there mind to walk out into a field to hang out in the middle of the night. Plus it was way too tall.
I will not be going back to this area.
OTHER WITNESSES: My girlfriend did not see it because I told her to get into the car before she could.
OTHER STORIES: Amarugia seems to be a bed of paranormal I have heard but other than that no.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Night time. Foggy just into the field. There was no moon and the sky was clear.
ENVIRONMENT: Field a good distance from the grand river
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Carter Buschardt:
I interviewed the reporting witness less than a week after the event. Very fresh on his mind. This area is about 25 miles straight south from my location.
He had been to this conservation area location before to fish and just hang out. They had been to this particular parking lot only once before, but due to the bridge being washed out they just didn't visit that often. The majority of the conservation area is on the south side of the Grand River, and they were on the north side.
As they were standing in the parking lot, his girlfriend was putting on bug spray and he decided to pull out his powerful hunting light and do a sweep of the large field they were parked by, just to "see what he could see". As he had mentioned he had caught a very momentary glance of the creature as he fanned around the field (though it just didn't register as he was scanning quickly), so he scanned back and that is when he saw it.
Description: White, head seemed to be "distinct from the rest of the body" and it appeared to be "sitting on the shoulders with no neck". It "seemed to glide as it walked, and the arms stayed by its side" as it walked away. The grass in the field was "calf high, 1 to 1.5 feet tall at the most". This was what he used to determine appx. height. Height was 7 ft. tall minimum. The field they were at was about 200 yards long and the creature was about 50 yards from them. He did not notice any facial features. It was not a man, a deer, a tree or anything else. At the moment he saw it his "heart jumped out of his chest".
When he told his girlfriend there was something out there, she just screamed and headed for the car. They were getting out of there and he did a full circle to see if he could see it again with the headlights but it was gone. The fog was moving in and it was time to get gone.
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.