Geographical Index > United States > Washington > Jefferson County > Report # 65807|
Submitted by witness Debbie Ward on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
Late night sighting on Highway 101 in between Forks and Kalaloch
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COUNTY: Jefferson County
LOCATION DETAILS: South on Hwy. 101
NEAREST TOWN: Forks
NEAREST ROAD: Hwy 101
OBSERVED: My sighting happened over 40 years ago & until this time Iíve never written or reported anything about it. Except for relaying my experience to a few family members & friends, this is the first time Iíve told my story. I am 69 years old & I believe itís time to tell my story.
Iím sorry to say that time has invaded my memory & I donít recall all the exact details. I believe it was fall of 1977. My boyfriend & I were on our way to Kalaloch Lodge from Seattle for the weekend. I believe we left after work on a Friday, took the ferry to Kingston & then traveled south along highway 101. The incident occurred somewhere between Forks & Kalaloch. It was very late, very dark, a clear night and with few cars on the road. My boyfriend was driving & we were quiet, each in our own thoughts.
I love animals and Iím always on the lookout for animal sighting. I happened to notice something that looked like an animal coming up ahead on the right side of the road in the shoulder. I didnít mention it to my boyfriend, instead I was concentrating on the approaching animal & trying to figure out what it was. As the creature came into focus, I noticed it was about 4í tall, standing perfectly upright, long arms, long legs, very thin with long brown hair covering his entire body & face. He was standing still but waving his arms across his face. As we passed him, I looked out the side passenger window directly into his face & he looked directly into mine. I gasped with surprise & disbelief! Unfortunately, my boyfriend did not see the creature & asked me what was wrong. I canít put into words what happened at that moment. I saw something that didnít fit into my realm of knowledge, beliefs or experiences. I was scared to death & scared into utter silence. I was afraid to look back Ö did it jump onto the car? Was it running behind the car?
Immediately, the description that came to my mind was a ďmonkey manĒ. It wasnít until we arrived at Kalaloch Lodge that I told my boyfriend what I saw. Once Iíd had more time to calm down and think about the experience, I wondered if it was the headlights on bright that could have caused the creature to freeze & wave his arms in an attempt to block the lights from his eyes. For years after this experience, whenever I re-told my story to friends or family, I always referred to the creature as a ďmonkey manĒ. It was not until years later when I first viewed the Patterson-Gimlin video of the Sasquatch that I thought Ö this is what I saw, only smaller. I do believe what I saw was a young Sasquatch. I cannot be certain what I saw that night, but what I know for absolute certainty is that what I saw was not any known Pacific NW animal.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 10pm - 11pm, clear night, not raining
ENVIRONMENT: Olympic National Forest
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Kevin Llewellyn:
I talked to the witness by phone.
The witness believes it was October and does recall many details about the face. She said, "you never forget something like that." She saw the four foot tall skinny figure for about five seconds and it was about ten feet away or less as they passed.
It had about six inch long smooth hair and was standing straight with very skinny legs and arms. It was moving its long arms with hands as she described but she saw the face. It had hair on the face but not covering. It had dark eyes and skin. She said the head was human shape and the facial features were human like. She does not recall a long neck and did not see teeth or ears. It definitely did not have a bear nose, she said.
The witness often observes bear in their backyard where they live. She volunteered in the past at a wildlife rehabilitation for three years in Washington State. I find her very credible.
I asked her to look at the Bigfoot Sketch Project on the BFRO homepage to compare faces. What she saw would be a blend of the Omah (with the darker skin), the Windego and Rockies (with longer hair around face.)
About BFRO Investigator Kevin Llewellyn:
Kevin has camped, fished and hunted in Eastern Washington all his life. His interest in Sasquatch began when he was 10 years old and saw Roger Patterson present "the" film. He lives in Eastern Washington.
Recently retired, he was a veterinarian since 1984, after graduating from Washington State University.
He attended Washington BFRO expeditions in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019. Oregon in 2015 and 2018, Montana in 2017 and 2018. He was co-leader of N.E. Washington 2019. He will be co-leading the 2020 Washington Expedition and the 2020 Montana Expedition.