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COUNTY: Johnson County
LOCATION DETAILS: Shawnee mission bike trail
NEAREST TOWN: Lenexa
NEAREST ROAD: 95st
OBSERVED: Ex special forces vet. Thus happened in the middle of July 2013. Lenexa, Kansas, Johnson County. Bike/walking path along small park. South of park. I was riding my bike from North to South. Area is very wooded and flows along a river. It was very below normal temperatures that week. Felt more like fall. High low 60s that week. Which was odd and weird. What happened as I'm heading up a large hill. To my immediate right or west. I heard a large wood knock. And I looked to my right and heard thus commotion in the very heavy brush. I had this feeling something very large was in there. And looking right at me. I've seen many types of animals in and around the area. From a mountain lion, a family of Bob cats. And hundreds of deer. I've rode those trails hundreds of times. As I was riding up the large and long climb I'd say 100 yards from first incident. Smack, another wood knock. Also loud. Now I'm thinking if bigfoot does exist, what a perfect time to come through this area. This river bed runs all the way to the Kansas river. By Bonner springs KS. So, when I heard the second smack, I said no way can someone be down in that bed. The effort required to get through the brush would be almost impossible... when I heard the first thump I said to myself. No way was that a bigfoot. But if it was it was warning another one. It was a tree falling or wind blowing. It was a large thud. And movement in the brush. My gut was telling me I was being watched. Then up the trail another one. Again, it was cool, foggy and little wind. Only reason I'm writing this is what the retired police officer from Wyandotte wrote. Thus bed would feed to the same area. But, about 20 miles south. If I was going to travel and not wanting to be seen. This would be the perfect area to accomplish this journey. And there are several areas to portage across the river. I have always had a high sense of awareness. Attention to detail off the charts.
OTHER WITNESSES: No
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 2pm. Temperature was 63 to be exact
ENVIRONMENT: River bottom, flowing with rail road tracks. Very thick brush. Over grown.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Carter Buschardt:
Spoke with witness for nearly an hour via phone. As noted, ex military and observational skills are above average. As mentioned he returned from active service in 1983. He has camped in the Sierra Nevada mountains in the 80's and at that time, he had seen a creature running up a hill. That encounter was a distant memory and did not affect or influence this incident. As stated, his account was pretty much as indicated in original report. Peripheral data is as follows: First knock was about 25-30 ft. away as he was entering area. This knock made the entire woods go quiet, and the hair stood up on the back of his neck. He "knew" he was being watched, as his military training and experiences kicked in. Second knock was 60-70 yards away, as he was leaving, and had cleared the area. He felt this was an " all clear" signal. As he mentioned, this area is heavily wooded and concealment would be easy, and the report he referenced, Report #48012, happened in an area that is fed by the same waterway system and could be easily accessed in virtual safe concealment. There is no physical supporting data for this event, but it does coincide with other events, published or not, in the same area.
About BFRO Investigator Carter Buschardt:
Carter is originally from Texas & moved to Missouri in 1988. Professional drummer for 20 years. Improv & sketch comic and writer for 5 years. Lighting technician for major touring groups for several years. Experienced outdoorsman and was a trained investigator for MUFON. Studied Herpetology in college. Longtime special interest in Sasquatch long term habituation, burial research, infra sound, language & stick structures. He led three Missouri BFRO Public Expeditions:, 2012 & 2013 & 2014. Led public expedition for BFRO in Illinois in 2019.Participated in Iowa, 2012 Illinois. Michigan 2016. Private Expeditions: Illinois 2011, 2012, 2013. Missouri 2011, 2012 (3) 2013(2) 2014. Iowa 2012, 2014 & 2015. Consulted on two Animal Planet Finding Bigfoot TV shows. Expedition leader in Missouri 2013 (1) & 2014 (2) & Illinois Expedition 2019 (1). Led night ops on numerous BFRO expeditions. Hosted a public Town Hall meeting in Missouri in 2017.