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Report # 39098  (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Friday, January 18, 2013.
Possible sighting near University of Illinois Springfield soccer fields
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YEAR: 2012


MONTH: October


STATE: Illinois

COUNTY: Sangamon County

LOCATION DETAILS: North side of the fields by the Frisbee golf course.

NEAREST TOWN: Springfield

NEAREST ROAD: University Drive

OBSERVED: I look for deer all the time when I drive anywhere. I was on my way home after school from LLCC. On the UIS soccer fields there was something at the edge of the field at the tree line. I glanced away and back and it was gone. It was a human shape but the shape from the head to the body was flowing with long hair all over. It was about 8 feet tall brown in color but was in the shade of the trees. Later that day is when the youth soccer league plays games there in the fields.

OTHER WITNESSES: It was just me there, but there was cars behind me don’t know if they saw anything.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: 3:15-3:30 PM sunny and a little cool

ENVIRONMENT: Edge of the trees on the side of the grass field, which runs back to the creek bottoms and lake.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:

[Map showing the general area of the sighting just north of the large soccer fields - the red X marks the area where the animal was seen standing]

[Photo in the spring showing the heavy woods just north of the soccer and frisbee fields]

I met with the witness and discussed the sighting.

In summary -

• The animal was 8 feet tall.
• The animals build was massive and very muscular.
• The hair was brown and very long. The witness was impressed with how the hair appeared to flow.
• As the animal was standing still the witness was unable to describe any movements.
• Because of the amount of hair the witness was unable to see any facial features.
• The animal was approximately 150 feet from the witness.
• With ten YMCA soccer fields the area does see very large amounts of children that come to play soccer. The fields are surrounded on 3 sides by heavy woods.

About BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:

Stan Courtney has a special interest in wildlife audio recording. He has attended numerous BFRO Expeditions. See Stan's blog for recordings he has collected over the years.

Stan Courtney can be reached at

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