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DATE: Labour Day
LOCATION DETAILS: Manitoba Hyw 6 , north of Gypsumville , near the Easterville turn off. South of Grand Rapids ,interlake between Lake Winnipegosis and the north basin of Lake Winnipeg
NEAREST TOWN: Easterville
NEAREST ROAD: hyw 6
OBSERVED: I was proceding north, late afternoon, first Monday in September 1990. Traffic was light . I had just passed Devils Lake roadside park. A compact pickup truck with two occupants (male and female ) passed me, and was 200 yards in front of me . Visibility was good , in full sun . The road has wide ditches with scrub on the right (east ) and spruce forest 40 yards from the road on the left (west ).The foliage in the ditch was brown and past ripe . I was watching the truck in front of me proceed away from me as I maintained a constant speed of approximatly 110 km per h when something that had been lying in the ditch, blending in very well, rose to a hight exceeding 7 feet and proceded across the road, from right to left, and into the bush . The individual was about midway between me and the next truck. It was very very quick, did not look at me. It was looking strait ahead ,instead. It had long legs, bent at the knee, a large chest, long arms, and a round head . I think the face was dark brown, and the body hair was roughly the colour of coconut husk. I proceeded to the Easterville corner, and phoned home to tell my wife what I had seen.
OTHER WITNESSES: Just me ,driving to The Pas
OTHER STORIES: Yes , library book my daughter discovered indicated Easterville area has had many sightings . I recal seeing newspaper articals in the 1960s to indicate footprints being noted in the Gypsumville area .
TIME AND CONDITIONS: late afternoon
ENVIRONMENT: Spruce on the west , scrub on the east , gravelly ridge
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Blaine McMillan :
I spoke to the witness (DP) by phone and I am able to clarify the following points:
The witness was travelling North on Highway 6. There was a vehicle, a light truck, some 150 to 200 yards ahead of him also travelling at about 110 kmh (66 mph). The weather was clear and sunny.
After the lead vehicle, the light truck, passed a nondescript point on the road, DP saw a large bipedal creature rise out of the ditch on the right hand side of the road. It quickly took two or three strides crossing the highway behind the truck.
The witness slowed his vehicle slightly as the animal crossed in front of him and then proceeded through the ditch on the left hand side of the road, and on into the spruce trees some 40 yards away.
DP stated that what he saw was over 7 feet in height. It was light brown in colour, like "the colour of a coconut husk". The head was conical and its posture was clearly stooped. It moved quickly and smoothly across the road in a bent knee motion. He did not see any facial features simply because it did not turn in his direction. The witness called his wife and reported the incident to her as soon as he had reached the nearest phone.
About BFRO Investigator Blaine McMillan :
- Retired Canadian Military (Reg Force) Safety Systems / Aviation technician with experience fighters and various SAR platforms. Author of Wood Knocks and Tossed Rocks:Searching for Sasquatch with the BFRO
- Married with two young sons. An avid camper, hunter and fisherman.
- Holds a BA in Criminology from the University of Manitoba, courses in Alternate Dispute Resolution, Anthropology and Political Science
- Attended the BFRO BC Expeditions in August of 2005, 2006, 2012 as well as Vancouver Island 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
- Organized the 2007, 2008 Vancouver Island as well as 2009 North Vancouver Island Expeditions.
- Author of "Woodknocks and Tossed Rocks: Searching for Sasquatch with the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization.