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Report # 58031  (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.
Recalling possible daylight sighting near Trout Lake as Mount St. Helens erupts

YEAR: 1980

SEASON: Spring


DATE: 18

STATE: Washington

COUNTY: Klickitat County


NEAREST ROAD: Highway 141

OBSERVED: I was 9 years old. It was May 18th 1980 between 8am and 9am (Yes, the day Mt. Saint Helens blew its top.). My family was going to get some white landscape rocks from a rock pit west of Trout Lake, WA. We were on Highway 141 in the Ice Caves area. I saw bigfoot run across the highway. It took him 2 steps to get across the highway.

ALSO NOTICED: St. Helens erupting & smell of sulfur in the air.

OTHER WITNESSES: My parents did not see him.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: Morning. Sulfur smell.

ENVIRONMENT: Mt. Saint Helens was erupting.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Kevin Llewellyn:

I talked to the witness by phone:

The witness recalls as Mount St. Helens was erupting, he was looking down the highway but his parents were glancing out the side windows. About 200 yards down the highway he saw a very tall, big, brown figure cross the highway in two steps with arms swinging. It was too far away to see facial details and it did not turn its head. He recalls the figure had long hair but not flowing.

While only observing the figure for about two seconds, the witness got a good look at it. He said the figure appeared to be moving fast, "as if getting out of the area."

When coming to one spot, he and his parents had a good view of Mount St. Helens erupting.

Wikipedia describes the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens: "The eruption was preceded by a two month series of earthquakes and steam-venting episodes... An earthquake at 8:32:17 am PDT on Sunday, May 18, 1980, caused the entire weakened north face to slide away, creating the largest landslide ever recorded. This allowed the partly molten, high pressure gas and steam rich rock in the volcano to suddenly explode northwards..."

I find the witness credible.

About BFRO Investigator Kevin Llewellyn:

Kevin has camped, fished and hunted in Eastern Washington all his life. His interest in Sasquatch began when he was 10 years old and saw Roger Patterson present "the" film. He lives in Eastern Washington.

Recently retired, he was a veterinarian since 1984, after graduating from Washington State University.

He attended Washington BFRO expeditions in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019. Oregon in 2015 and 2018, Montana in 2017 and 2018. He was co-leader of N.E. Washington 2019, Washington 2020, 2021 #1 & #2, and Montana 2020, 2021expeditions.