Geographical Index > United States > West Virginia > Randolph County > Report # 47460|
Submitted by witness on Tuesday, December 30, 2014.
Woman and daughter recall their close daytime encounter at their home east of Elkins
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STATE: West Virginia
COUNTY: Randolph County
LOCATION DETAILS: I'am not good with directions but it was on the Job road going to Harman
NEAREST TOWN: Harman, WV
NEAREST ROAD: Route 33
OBSERVED: It was January 2005 and I was living in Job, WV with my daughter who was five years old at the time. I was renting the house which was a little ways from the road. It was about 3:30pm and I was walking down the long drive way to meet my daughter to get off the school bus. It had been snowing the night before and it was cold out with a few flurries. Well as I got to the end of the drive way the bus came and stopped and I went across the street to get my little girl off the bus and I turned around and at first was talking to my daughter I didn't look straight ahead in front of me but when I looked up I noticed a very large brown figure standing below my porch which was second story and as I walked up holding my daughter's hand it just stood there staring at first I couldn't figure out what it was I have been in WV all my life and had seen many bear, bobcats and even a cougar. So I knew this was not any of these and it was standing at least eight foot tall with man like features it had kind of a flat nose its eyes were shaped like an owls and it blinked several times it didn't move the whole time we were walking to the other side of my porch to go up the steps. In fact we even looked down on it from the upstairs porch. My daughter threw some pebbles down and it still didn't move we didn't stay outside to see when it walked off but I will never forget what I saw I haven't seen anything else like it since.
ALSO NOTICED: I had felt very uneasy there since I moved in sometimes I would hear knocking on the hill behind my house or strange whomping noises.
OTHER WITNESSES: no other than my little girl who was five at the time
OTHER STORIES: I just heard last week that there was an incident at red creek where a man and his son were hunting and his dad was waiting at the tree stand and the son came running out of the woods saying something was throwing rocks at him and it was a ape like creature they supposedly got pictures their going to make copies they said they turned out good.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: about 3:30pm it was winter so it was getting dark earlier then but it was cold with flurries
ENVIRONMENT: we live in an area with mountains all around us trees and a river across the street.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Greg Lambert:
I spoke with the witness several times on the phone about her report. She was very sincere and eager to talk to someone about this incident.
The area around the home is heavily wooded with an old road leading up the mountain behind the residence. This creates easy access to anything wanting to come around for a closer look. The modular home sets on an eight foot block basement with pines lining the entire length of the house.
She described the creature as being as tall as the pines it was standing behind, approximately seven to eight feet in height. It had dark round eyes with a heavy brow ridge, a cone shaped head, broad shoulders, long arms and appeared very muscular. The hair was dark brown to black and matted. She also noticed a pungent odor like a dead animal. She stated she had smelled this around the home before, along with hearing knocks and whoops from the mountain side behind the house on several occasions. She described the skin on the face as dark with some hair on the facial area. The lips were thin but it never showed its teeth. She stated that she did not feel threatened at all by the creature but, she had no desire to go back outside to see which direction it went upon leaving, to look for tracks or to take a picture even if, she had a camera. She could not believe what she had just seen! It snowed that night covering up any possible evidence of tracks.
I told the witness that we are learning from other reports that they are attracted to children and seem less threatened by women than men. While up close daylight sightings are rare, it is not out of the realm of possibility that the creature had been observing them and possibly wanted a closer look and simply froze on being discovered in hopes they would not notice it. The view from the road to where the Bigfoot was standing was partially obscured by her daughter's playhouse and a few smaller trees.
Her daughter, while only five at the time, remembers the incident and was commenting in the background while we spoke on the phone.
I received photos of the house and yard but will not post them here for the owner's privacy.
About BFRO Investigator Greg Lambert:
Growing up in Pendleton County WV, Greg has been fascinated with the Bigfoot phenomenon ever since he had an incident while hunting in the early 70's. Though he no longer hunts he and his wife enjoy wildlife watching, birding, hiking, camping, kayaking and all things wild in wonderful WV. Greg is a mechanic by trade in the largest turkey processing plant in the US. He has attended BFRO Expeditions WV 2012 & 2013, Kentucky 2013 & 2014, and North Carolina 2014.