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DATE: July 15 2001
COUNTY: Harrison County
NEAREST TOWN: Elizabeth
OBSERVED: This happened about 13 years ago, but I remember it like yesterday. I used to knock on my younger brother's window at night to scare him, it had been a long running joke between us. I climbed out the window in the bedroom I was staying in and brought my mom's small dog with me. When I got to my brother's window to knock I got about three inches away from knocking when I heard a load growl/roar. It was really dark so I couldn't really see very well. The figure that growled at me was way taller than me, had to be at least 6-8 feet tall. The growl was so load that it vibrated through my body. I was so scared that I couldn't move at first. When I was finally able to move I ran as fast as I could and dove back into the window I came out of. I was so scared that I ran to tell my brother about it and slept on his bedroom floor that night and never knocked on his window again!
OTHER WITNESSES: Not really. My brother saw me right after it happened and I told him my story and he saw the fear in my face.
OTHER STORIES: The neighbor used to say that he saw bigfoot around the property all the time. He lived in that area for about 40-50 years before he died.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was late at night. Can't remember for sure, but was between 11 PM and 1 AM.
ENVIRONMENT: It is a heavily forested part of southern Indiana. It is sparsely populated and has many streams and creeks as well as caves. It also has many ridges and valleys. The Ohio River is also nearby.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Jack Smarr:
I spoke to the witness twice and have the following information to add. The witness was a 17 year old girl with a 15 year old brother. Their house was a modular home located in rural Indiana on a 14 acre property further surrounded by woods. The brother had been complaining over the four years they lived there that something was knocking on his bedroom window and he was scared. The little boy thought he had ghosts. In response to his complaints, the older sister would sometimes knock on his window as a joke. During the interview the witness said that she would not always be the culprit of the knocks over the preceding four year period. One night around midnight, she jumped out of her first story window and ran around to the back of the modular home to knock on his window and give her little brother a scare. Due to the uneven nature of their lot, the brotherís window was higher off the ground than his sisterís window. The five foot three girl reached up to give her brother a knock and scare him. As her fist was about an inch away, she experienced a roar. The roar was like a growl that was really deep, long, and vibrated through her body. It came from above her and had to be standing two to three feet away from her. The teenager did not see it. She was too afraid to look up. She froze for what seemed like an eternity but was probably only seconds. She took off running, never turning around to look and went straight back into her room. As it was during summer vacation, she and her brother usually stayed up late. Her brother was up and his bedroom lights were on. She presumes that he was playing on his guitar, which is what he constantly did. He never heard the encounter until she came into his bedroom asking to sleep in there with him that night. The brotherís room was on the forest side of the house. The witness also spoke of a retired neighbor that would tell anyone who would listen that there were Bigfoot in the woods in their area. Nobody paid too much attention to him. This man has since passed away.
About BFRO Investigator Jack Smarr:
Jack Smarr is retired military and worked primarily in Field Artillery, Armored Cavalry and Armor units. He participated in TN 09,10,11,WV 2012 expeditions; and helped organize KY 2013 expedition. He organized the 2014 KY Daniel Boone Expedition, the 2015 Central Kentucky Expedition, the 2016 Carter Caves State Park Expedition, Northeastern Kentucky 2017, Kentucky 2018 and has conducted private expeditions in Eastern Kentucky and Southern Ohio.