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DATE: 18 to 21
COUNTY: Beltrami County
NEAREST TOWN: Bemidji
NEAREST ROAD: Irvine
OBSERVED: My 20 yr daughter was driving. I was in the passenger side..going south towards town on Irvine Ave. it was close to xmas..a yr and a half ago. was around 8pm. a huge..fast upright thing ran in view of our headlights..and in front of the oncoming car headlights. I saw from the waist up and arms pumping. whatever I saw took only 2 to 2 and a half strides to clear shoulder to shoulder. I saw it on the right shoulder.went ahhh..an involuntary reaction by the time I finished, it was gone. I asked my daughter if she saw that..she said she saw something..but thought it was a whirlwind. I told her what I saw. We wanted to go back the next day to see is we could see anything unusual but it was like 30 below and didn't.
ALSO NOTICED: no
OTHER WITNESSES: 2, driving into town
OTHER STORIES: no
TIME AND CONDITIONS: said in email
ENVIRONMENT: wooded homes not in town near Lake Bemidji
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Jim & Carol Telenko:
I spoke to the witness via phone interview. She stated her daughter and herself were traveling South on Irvine Avenue when a large bipedal animal crossed the two-lane road they were traveling on. The animal was illuminated in their headlights. It crossed from the right to the left side of the road, East to West. There was an oncoming car in the left lane which also illuminated the animal. She saw it only from the waist up, its arms were swinging as it walked. It crossed the entire road in 2 1/2 steps and was then gone from sight. She stated that "It was huge! Taller than the car!" No additional details seen due to the dark conditions and briefness. Daughter, who was driving, stated she saw something, but unsure of what she saw. Incident happened in a wooded area, few homes in area.
About BFRO Investigator Jim & Carol Telenko:
Jim T. (the Barnman), straightens and restores old barns nationwide. His past law enforcement training and evidence collecting skills, along with his knowledge of people, the outdoors and wildlife, allow him to do his best when investigating any and all reports he receives. Attended 2014 and 2015 BFRO expeditions in Wisconsin. Researches out in the field in areas that could be habitat for Sasquatch.
Carol has attended the 2015 BFRO expedition in Wisconsin and does ongoing field research with her husband Jim. Carol also does print and online research.