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COUNTY: Portage County
LOCATION DETAILS: greenleaf rd at rt 5 across railroad tracks into woods pond at horse area
NEAREST TOWN: edinburg
NEAREST ROAD: rt. 5 & greenleaf rd
OBSERVED: winter 1994 jay lake area west branch state park a friend and i were fishing a pond. the pond was mostly frozen over except for a spot in the middle which we were casting bait into. i dont know how long we were fishing but across the pond a figure stood up from the shoreline area and walked up a steep hill when it got to the top it turned back to look at us, the figure was large covered with hair and walked on two legs, it was winter the pond was frozen and the figure wore no clothes so theres noway it was a human we were arround 15 yrs old so we took off since we were scarred by this encouter. we viewd the figure for maybe 1 or 2 minutes
ALSO NOTICED: the figure made no noise walked up the hill then turned back and looked at us the figure didnt run just walked
OTHER WITNESSES: 2 fishing
TIME AND CONDITIONS: early afternoon
ENVIRONMENT: forrest at pond
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Brad Bacon:
I spoke with the witness in a telephone interview and found him to be very credible.
He said that he had recently spoken to his friend about their sighting and that both of them recalled the same details. He said his friend hasn't spoken to anyone about the sighting, fearing that no one would believe him. The witness told me that to this day he is still amazed by what they saw, and believes that the creature had been at the pond the entire time they had been fishing.
According to the witness, they had been fishing for about half an hour to an hour and never heard anything that would lead them to believe that any kind of animal had approached them.
The witness said "I can't even tell you what possessed us to go fishing in the dead of winter. There was snow on the ground, and here we were fishing and then I notice something stand up!"
The witness said the creature was tall, large, and had a lot of dark brown hair.
The witness said it stood up and walked up the side of a steep hill. At the top of the hill it turned its body to look back at them and then left. Consequently, the witness left as well.
This county, as well as the surrounding area, has a long history of sasquatch sightings.
About BFRO Investigator Brad Bacon:
Brad is a native Texan from McKinney. He grew up working with all forms of livestock and spent countless hours in the outdoors and this is where his interest in this subject began. Employment opportunities took him to Ohio where he actively investigated this subject in and around surrounding states. Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M Commerce and a Associate of Science from Grayson College. Brad has also been a Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor for over 20 years. He attended the Pennsylvania 2009, 2011 and Tennessee 2010 expeditions. He has also Attended Texas 2012, 2014 and Kentucky 2013 as well as numerous private expeditions. He currently resides in a rural area northeast of McKinney, Texas.