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Submitted by witness on Thursday, June 9, 2011.
Witness recalls a possible daytime sighting while 4-wheeling as a youth west of Nashville
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DATE: early October?
COUNTY: Davidson County
LOCATION DETAILS: Take Charlotte Pike/HWY 70 westbound out of Nashville toward Memphis. Drive approximately 10 or 15 miles. The location of the sighting will be on your right, about a mile before HWY 70 intersects HWY 70 South.
NEAREST TOWN: Nashville
NEAREST ROAD: HWY 70
OBSERVED: I was born, raised, and currently live near Nashville, TN. When I was about 13 years old, I had a 4-wheeler. My dad used to take me to a piece of property owned by one of his customers which is located in western Davidson County, about 10 miles directly west of downtown Nashville, on Hwy 70. Itís about 1 mile east of where Hwy 70 intersects Hwy 70 South. There I could ride my ATV and shoot guns. One afternoon, a couple hours before dark, in early October of 1988, I was riding my ATV on an old logging road, which ran along a creek, in the bottom of a holler (valley between two ridges). My 9 year-old stepbrother was on the back of the ATV, hanging on for dear life as I sped down the logging road at over 40 mph. He tucked his head between my shoulder blades as he sat behind me because he was apparently scared of my driving. The power company had bush-hogged or cut the brush in a 150 foot-wide path, centered on the power line, as per routine maintenance. The power line right-of-way had grown up really thick since the last cutting, which mustíve been 2 years prior to this. Just before the old logging road passed under the power line, there was a ďdog-legĒ in the road (the road went straight, made a quick 20 degree turn to the right, and immediately turned another 20 degrees back to the left, now running in the same direction as it was originally, just 3-4 feet to the right of the original vector). I had fun seeing how fast I could drive through the ďdog-legĒ and also scaring my younger stepbrother. On this particular day, I got up to speed, fishtailed through the ďdog-leg,Ē and proceeded to drive past the thick overgrowth, approximately 8-10 feet high, which ran under the power line. At this point, I saw something that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up! From the brush on the left side of the road, something ran out in front of me. It was covered in 5-8 inch long dark brown hair, about 7.5-8.5 feet tall, and was running on two legs! It passed right in front of me with lightening speed. Iíd say it only took about 2 steps to clear the 12-foot wide logging road. It then disappeared into the overgrowth on the right side of the logging road. I didnít get a really clear look at the creature because it happened so fast. I didnít stop either. Out of fear, I applied full throttle to the ATV in an attempt to vacate the area. My stepbrother didnít see a thing because he was hiding in fear of my reckless driving. I yelled out to him to see if heíd seen the creature but he thought I was joking. The best description I can give of the way I felt after the incident would be to compare it to having a near miss in a fatal automobile crash! My heart just felt like it stopped before it began to beat out of my chest. Nearly an hour passed before I found the courage to return to the location of the sighting. I had to go back through the location because it was the only way back to my dadís truck. The first time I drove back through, I was travelling at a high rate of speed due to fear. Curiosity eventually got the best of me and I returned, still on my ATV, just as it was getting dark. I found no tracks (it was extremely dry at the time), smelled nothing out of the ordinary, and saw only a path through the brush, which appeared to be seldom used. I didnít say a word to my dad about what Iíd seen when he asked why Iíd been gone for so long. If I had, he wouldíve thought I was out of my mind. I didnít tell anyone for a long time. To this day, the event plays over in my mind like a movie.
OTHER WITNESSES: no
OTHER STORIES: no
TIME AND CONDITIONS: approximately 2 hours before dark. sunny, hot, and dry.
ENVIRONMENT: Mainly hardwood forest, hills, hollers, creeks. Not far from several subdivisions but also in the midst of thousands of acres of timber.
Follow-up investigation report:
I spoke with the witness at length and found him to be extremely credible. He does not wish to have his occupation revealed as he is a public official. Even though he was only 12 or 13 at the time of this encounter it made a profound impact upon him and it was evident when speaking with him that he is still impacted by it to this day.
The area where the encounter occurred was very rural at that time and there are two interesting points that we see over and over with these encounters - 1) the encounter happened on a power line right-of-way, and 2) there was a stream traversing the same area.
Because the witness did such a thorough job with his report there are not really any additional details to add. I am submitting this report as a Class B only because the encounter was so brief that very few details other than size, bi-pedalism, and being hair covered were observed, although I have no doubt that it was a Sasquatch that dashed across in front of the witness and his brother.