Geographical Index > United States > West Virginia > Randolph County > Report # 24494
Submitted by witness on Sunday, August 17, 2008.
Possible nighttime encounter while raccoon hunting outside Valley Head
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STATE: West Virginia
COUNTY: Randolph County
LOCATION DETAILS: dirt road on a mountain, far from civilization, doesn't see much traffic
NEAREST TOWN: Valley Head
NEAREST ROAD: RT 219
OBSERVED: A friend and I were out training my red-tick coon hound on Saturday Aug. 2, 2008. We drove up a familiar dirt road. We drove to the end and were on our way back when the dog had struck out of the back of the truck. I got out, turned on my mining light, and walked to the back of the truck.
I opened the tailgate and let the dog loose. I stood beside the truck watching the dog sniff around in the road for a minute or so. I was shining my light around in the woods around me, when I saw a set of eyes looking at me. The eyes were a bluish green color and appeared to be 5-6 foot off the ground. I stood and watched it for at least 2-3 minutes wandering what it was. I hollered at my friend who was still sitting in the passenger side of the truck to come and look and tell me what he thought it was. We both stood there watching it, trying to figure out what it was.
The creatures eyes would blink every now and then but it did not show any fear toward us or the dog. It was about 40 yards or so from us just enough so you could not see its body. We wanted to get a closer look so we decided to walk toward the creature.
We only had 1 flashlight and for us to get closer we had to cross a small ditch and a broken down fence. I was trying to hold the light on the creature’s eyes, and hold the light so my friend could see so he did not fall. As we struggled to get across I noticed the eyes disappeared. We hollered for the dog to come with us and we walked approx. 40-50 yards to where the creature was standing but did not see anything.
We stood there for about 5 minutes talking and letting the dog sniff around, but he acted a little nervous. We started walking back to the road. When we got back to the road we were about 60 yards from behind the truck. As we were walking back to the truck, I was hollering for my dog to come on, and I shined my light up in the woods where we left from, and the set of eyes returned.
We looked at it for about 15 seconds then noticed a second pair of eyes this time, The second pair of eyes were orange- red color and seemed to be taller than the first set. At this time we were spooked and made our way swiftly to the vehicle. When we got to the vehicle, we got inside and I shined my light out the window and both sets of eyes were staring at us blinking and showing no fear.
I started up my truck and hollered for my dog to come on let's go. The dog jumped in the bed of the truck, I jumped out, ran to the back, and hooked the dog up. I ran and got back in the truck, I shined the light out the window on the creatures, still staring at us, and my red-tick coon hound seen the creatures standing in the woods and started barking with every breath.
The creatures continued to stare at us blinking and showing no fear. We decided it was time to get going. We started driving down off the hill. We drove a couple hundred yards and the dog was still barking with every breath. From the way the dog was acting, I felt they were following us. I shined my light uphill beside me and sure enough, there they stood. I watched both of them follow us for about 1/2 mile.
ALSO NOTICED: Haven't been back since the incident
OTHER WITNESSES: 2 male witnesses and 1 dog, all were driving in a vehicle coon hunting
OTHER STORIES: Not that I know of
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 11:00pm or12:00pm
cloudy warm night
ENVIRONMENT: Hardwood forest and mountainous
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stephen Willis:
Spoke to the witness on 16 August 2009. His recollection of the event followed his written statement and was obviously off the cuff. I found his statement credible.
He reported the source of the eye shine was never revealed by direct observation. He and his friend estimated the height from about 40 feet away, then proceeded to the spot the creature observed them from and confirmed the estimated height.
The unknown creature was human-size but not human. The eye shine is not characteristic of humans in the visible spectrum, nor would being illuminated by a spotlight without protest. Night hunting is a normal activity for this part of the country. I can imagine no person who would have a spotlight directed at them without a verbal challenge of some sort. First impulse would be to say: "Don't shoot!"
Since the creatures were not observed directly we cannot say for certain what creatures were present. Only that they displayed curiosity and a lack of fear toward dog and man.
About BFRO Investigator Stephen Willis:
Grew up in central West Virginia. Retired from the US Army in 2003. Small manufacturing business owner. Lived for almost 7 years in Germany and 1.5 years in the Mideast.