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Submitted by witness on Wednesday, March 10, 2004.
Driver stops, approaches bigfoot on foot
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COUNTY: Douglas County
LOCATION DETAILS: It had just crossed the hwy and was standing on the south side of hwy 138 east, about 15 miles east of Roseburg, about 4 miles west of Glide, Or
NEAREST TOWN: Glide, Oregon
NEAREST ROAD: hwy 138 east
OBSERVED: I was driving home from work a year ago, December. It was about midnight. I was driving on hwy 138 heading east about 15 miles out of Roseburg, Oregon. As I rounded a curve in the road, I saw what I thought was a deer way up ahead crossing the road. I slowed down a bit as I got to where I thought the deer would be. What I saw was a figure standing just off the road by a fence with one hand on the fencepost and it turned as I went by, watching me. I thought It was a man so I stopped to see if he needed help. I got out of my truck with my flashlight in hand and started walking back toward the "man". I was working the lightbeam along the fenceline when I heard the most godawful sound I've ever heard in my life! I froze. I was in the military and I work as a psychiatric nurse and I don't scare easily but that scream scared the crap out of me. It sounded like a dying calf in a hail storm..It was ranging in tone, starting out high pitched, then ending up as a threatening, low pitched, guttural sound. I dropped my flashlight and RAN back to my truck and spun tires getting out of there. The next day on my way to work, I stopped at the same spot. My flashlight was still there. I didn't notice any footprints but did see the tall grass had been walked through on the other side of the fence. I looked on all the fence posts in the area where I saw it but did not see any evidence of hair. As to what it looked like, I only got a brief look as I went by, but it had to be at least 7 foot tall. I base this on the fact that I drive a Dodge Ram truck; when I'm sitting in the driver's seat, my head is 6 feet off the ground. The spot where this thing stood is in a depression in the ground. When I park my truck in that spot and stand where it stood, I can't see into the cab at all. And yet, that night I saw it, its head was even with mine, I was looking directly out the window not slightly up or down. I couldn't make out features as it was dark but the lights of my pickup slightly illuminated the area where it stood as I went by. As I said, I thought it was a man at first who needed help. It looked so human at that moment, it wasn't until later that I came to believe it couldn't have been a man. No man could have made that sound. What I remember seeing was a figure standing next to the fence. Its head followed me as I went by. It didn't appear to have shoulders, it looked like the head just spread out until it became shoulders. It appeared to have long hair all over; at first I thought it was a long jacket like a duster, but as I look back it had to be fur. But it was the scream that stands out in my mind. It was like a warning, "don't come closer", at least that was the message I got!
ALSO NOTICED: I looked the next day for footprints or hairs, didn't find hair and the grass that was walked on was pushed down but no indentations in the earth were found.
OTHER WITNESSES: I was by myself
OTHER STORIES: n/a
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Nighttime, few light sources around. It was not raining at that moment but had been on and off all day, this is Oregon!
ENVIRONMENT: Just the hwy and a fenceline. It had been raining and the tall grass on the other side of the fence looked as if somebody had walked there recently.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Dr. Wolf H. Fahrenbach:
The site of the observation is about a mile south of the North Umpqua River. The witness described the vocalization as being entirely an animal sound without the slightest resemblance to a human scream. He added that this high pitched sound had a quavering pitch with a rough-sounding overlay and that the terminal growl had an unmistakable threatening quality about it.
He was about 15' from the sasquatch as he passed it in the dark and stopped to get out about 50' beyond that point.