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COUNTY: Williamson County
LOCATION DETAILS: This is a back road just north of Liberty Hill that anyone can get to, but it's a road that didn't have a high amount of traffic at the time.
[Investigator (MM) Notes:
Location coordinates: 30.775319, -97.937187
Map link to location: Click here.
NEAREST TOWN: Liberty Hill, TX
NEAREST ROAD: County Road 200 and County Road 236
OBSERVED: This sighting has stayed with me for a long time. I didn't want to submit it at first, but based on the number of sightings identified I am now forwarding on what I saw.
My son and I were driving down county road 200 in Liberty Hill, TX. We came to the end and made a right turn on county road 236. We were heading towards Killeen, TX at the time and it was in the morning.
At the time, the car I was driving had two little plastic pieces on the front of it that were designed to create sound to scare away deer. I got them because my car was a small car and I didn't know if they would help, but as this is an area with a lot of deer, it was worth a try. I am not sure if this is what scared what I saw.
Just after we made the right on county road 236 I saw what I thought was a gorilla on the left side of the road. It seemed agitated and as we got closer it ran across the road and climbed into a tree on the other side. At that point I saw the tree move wildly with the leaves and branches swaying like it was extremely angry, or like a strong wind had hit it. As the day was calm the only thing that could have caused this was whatever jumped into the tree.
I didn't look up and I didn't stop due to my son being with me, but that sighting has always remained with me as it was so unusual. I have seen gorillas in the zoo and it looked similar. I would say that it was relatively tall and was standing on its hind legs as I got closer to it and as it raced across the street in front of us. It didn't seem as tall as I would have imagined... maybe 6ft. It was hard to tell height from where I was in correlation to what I saw.
After this event I checked to see if a gorilla had escaped anywhere near me and didn't find anything. To many this will sound like a tall tale, but to me it was very vivid.
ALSO NOTICED: Only that I believe that the little sound devices on my car are what caused it to come out and cross the street. I don't remember where I got them now, but I honestly believe that whatever sound came out of them while I was driving was what caused this creature to be so blatant about running across the road in front of us. Otherwise, it could have easily stayed where it came from and I would have completely driven by it without even knowing that it was there.
OTHER WITNESSES: Only my son, but he didn't see anything as he was young and based on his height while he was seated. It also happened very quickly.
OTHER STORIES: The reason I submitted this was because you have a couple of other sightings reported in the same county in the same year and so I don't believe that I was just seeing things.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was between 9 and 10 in the morning based on the function we were going to. It was clear and calm and I could see perfectly well without any glare from the sun.
ENVIRONMENT: 236 has lots of trees and there is a stream that crosses under the road (if I remember correctly) just a short ways down from where we spotted this creature. It isn't a main highway, but it is a pretty drive.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Gary Christensen:
I spoke with the witness by phone. His verbal report was consistent with his written report. During our conversation he recalled these additional details:
The creature was standing on the left side of the road and ran on two legs across the road to his right. He estimates that it was 6 feet plus in height and was built very powerfully. It moved very quickly with a smooth gait. He did not recall any smell or facial features.
The distance between it and his car was several car lengths, and he did not believe he was traveling very fast during the encounter. The weather was clear and calm and the time was around 8:30 am. He felt strongly that the deer whistles on his car alerted the creature and might have contributed to the aggression it showed when shaking the tree after crossing the road. He did clearly see the tree shake violently but did not actually see the creature do the shaking.
I did a search of the area on Google Earth and found that the forest was much thicker in the direction that the creature ran.
The North Fork of the San Gabriel River was less than 1/2 mile away.
I found the witness to be very sincere and credible and believe he had an encounter with a bigfoot.
About BFRO Investigator Gary Christensen:
Gary is a retired USAF pilot, a Vietnam veteran with 312 combat missions in the B-52. He also retired from American Airlines in 2008 after 18 years service as a flight training manager. A graduate of USAF ground and sea survival schools, Gary is an avid bird hunter and fisherman. He has been following the bigfoot phenomenon since the 1950's.