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COUNTY: Miller County
LOCATION DETAILS: Omitted for privacy reasons.
NEAREST TOWN: Eldon
OBSERVED: I believe to have a very large creature that comes and goes off my property of 50 acres just outside of city of Eldon. Part of my property has unusual broken over trees as well as what appears to be small dens where cedar trees are pulled over and bent to the ground with other limbs busted and placed on top of cedars many new breaks of cedars and other large shrubs in same area have appeared this summer in same area of property. My family and I as well as our neighbors have heard wood knocks come from that area. My son and I were both spooked by a very loud roar like noise one evening, and one night seen a large creature moving through the field.
March 2017 Update:
My wife and I had just put our boys to bed and returned to the living room to watch TV about 10 minutes later our dog started barking in an aggressive manner on porch which got my attention as well as my boys who got out of bed . I invited our dog inside house and took my spot light out and I came across a large set of orange glowing eyes at least 8 foot off the ground. I motioned for my wife to come out to look at it my oldest boy came out with her. We watched for at least 2 minutes or a little longer as it would look from behind the oak it was trying to hide behind. I began yelling at it saying things like we see you then it ran catching it's full side view. Nothing else unusual however my wife boy and myself were very startled at the size and speed of it as it ran away. We commented to one another about the size of it's arms very massive. Cold clear night around 10:30.
ALSO NOTICED: Over the years while looking for mushrooms in this area I have come across many dead deer as well as smelled what seemed to be something very rotten and pungent.
OTHER WITNESSES: At least 6 people have looked at the area and do not know what to make of it
OTHER STORIES: One friend of mine said he came face to face with a bigfoot in Osage Beach Mo. about 3 years before this, his boy and dog were with him on a hike. At time didn't think much of it. l would like someone to please contact me and come to my property for a visit while the evidence is still fresh.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Evidence on property sighting at night about 10 pm clear weather, eyes reflected orange.
ENVIRONMENT: Heavy cedar forest low area with spring nearby, 2 small streams that flow into Saline Creek which goes into the Saline Valley Conv. land
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Carter Buschardt:
Follow-up on March 2017 update:
There is ongoing activity on his, and neighboring properties. Activity includes howls, knocks, tree pushing and structures, and bone stacking.
As stated, they were alerted by the aggressive nature of the dog barking. When they went outside and hit it with the spotlight, witness was virtually certain this is the same creature they have seen before. Not much detail could be seen but they were able to get a good indication of height, weight, overall stature, and it was even running from, and towards, the same area it ran towards during his first encounter. This was not the first time they have been alerted to activity by the dog. There are other times the dog will growl, but not bark, at outside activity, and they are considering the possibility that they are being observed from outside the home at night. This witness is a straight shooter, and I don't doubt the veracity of his event.
Spoke with the witness via phone. The events he has mentioned were over a 1-2 year period, but the catalyst for the report was the sighting of the creature. I will address the sighting first, then the peripheral incidents/events. Sighting was in the last six months. Witness is an avid bow hunter and is quite familiar with any and all wildlife, and is quite certain what this creature was NOT. Not bear, big cat, hog, etc. He works late into the evening, and on occasion, as a habit when he comes home, he drives onto his property past his house and up to the top of a hill and scans the slight valley with his headlights, just to see what wildlife is around.
On the night of his sighting, he had crested the hill and went slightly downward to cast his headlights on the valley. At about 100 yards distance, running south to north and slightly away from him, he saw a massive creature, running on all fours. At the immediate first glance, he noted the "eyes were glowing orange" as the creature was looking at the direction of he and car headlights. As it continued at "an incredible speed for a creature that size" it turned its head at the direction it was running, but the eyes continued to emit the eye glow, which was visible from the side angle. By his own admission, he did not focus on the overall physical traits, but he did note at the first initial sighting, his gut reaction was a dark brown/reddish hue. The entire sighting lasted no more than 10 seconds.
He has looked up what he thought he saw on our site, as well as others, and without a doubt, an ape, chimp, baboon, etc walking/running on fours is what he describes it to be. Nothing less. I will address the other events as well, in order of what may considered of importance: He has sent me 19 photos of many of the trees/structures/nests.
(A). He had found multiple dead/mutilated deer, with large chunks "torn out of the side and haunches". He states he knows what big cat/bear attacks look like and according to him the damage does not match what he normally finds. The deer were not hunter kills that took of running and later dropped. No wounds were found and most were fresh kills. Does not exclude the possibility that he may have missed a wound.
(B). He found several stacks of animal bones on a tree that had been snapped. and bent over to a horizontal position about a foot above the ground. Three or four bones were arranged in triangle or rectangular shapes and balanced on the tree. He had asked his young son if he had done this, and the answer was no. By the time he got back to the tree, the bones were on the ground. There were a good number of other bones lying about, in the immediate area.
(C). He has numerous photos of trees/multiple trees, bent over in what could be described as structures and or "dens". Allowing for snow weight, wind or wind shear and natural tree fall, there are a few photos that could use further scrutiny. Without scale, measurements and multiple angle photos though, these would have to be "of unknown cause", but the supporting incidents reported by him and others may give support to his "theories". I do find one or two of the photos to be compelling. Here are some of his photos:
(D). Knocks and howls. He started hearing knocks, usually one solo knock, but sometimes 2, as he returned home. On a whim, he started returning the knocks, and eventually he got a knock in return. Then he initiated the knock(s) and got return knocks. He had also heard a loud howl/scream, and upon visiting BFRO data base, he was certain it was a Sasquatch. He could compare it to nothing else. As an overall encounter report, it would be my opinion that he does have something going on out there. I will continue to be in touch with this witness.
Update 5/22/17 - I have had occasion to speak with this witness several times. I believe it to be the same creature, as the size, stature, and orange glow have been reported on several occasions. Also the alerts from their dogs and cats indicate a different alert than they normally have from the animals on other typical and known animals.
This witness submitted the following:
"Night at about 10:30 to 11:00 clear calm weather. Starry night with half Moon. We were watching TV and my son was just put to bed
In among our oak trees and Cedars about 75 yards from our house. Our dog began to bark non-stop pointing his nose in the same direction for a few minutes. My wife and I listened and watched our dog out our front door, then my oldest son came from his bedroom concerned about our dog because of the bigfoot that is in our woods. I told him I know he is barking and that was not his normal bark so at that time we brought our dog inside and I grabbed my spot light and my wife,son and I stepped out on our porch I scanned the barn then across our pond and down into the trees and into huge orange glowing eyes that were about 8 to 9 foot off the ground, seeing evidence that I have already reported to your organization all three of us knew exactly what we was looking at. I yelled at it and it tried to hide its face behind a oak tree only for it to keep looking back at us several times, this continues for about 3 minutes until finally it ran off. We were all shocked as to the mass of the bigfoots size and it's speed. We all had a very good look at it and my wife said did you just see that? in disbelief. She has since talked about the size of its arm on a few occasions. Its our belief that it comes up close to our house many nights since then, like tonight because of the way our dog acts and barks."
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.