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COUNTY: Miami County
LOCATION DETAILS: Near intersecting property fences. Country. Not far from the sanitation department and the old Ron Olsen's car dealership.
NEAREST TOWN: Paola
NEAREST ROAD: 169 Hwy
OBSERVED: I was headed home from work at around 11pm or later. I remember it was a bit on the cool side. I believe it was late fall or early winter. I was not far from the old sanitation department off the highway when I caught with my headlights a large upright creature that straddled the fence without missing a beat.
The fence was near a ditch and the fence was still about 4 feet high. The closest homes were only about a half mile down the road. This was mostly intersecting fields.
A blonde bigfoot is the closest I can get to describing what I saw that night. It made me so scared that it took hours to calm down when getting back to an empty house.
I grew up on the farm and love hiking to this day. I am very observant and in my life I have seen more than a few mountain lions, white squirrels and even a black deer...so I pay attention and get out a lot. I have never been able to convince myself it was anything else. It was upright and appeared to be a dark blonde color in my headlights and very fast.
ALSO NOTICED: What is unusual is its light color, its speed, it being upright and generally nothing scares me. This scared me to death. Thank goodness it was running the opposite direction as my home.
OTHER WITNESSES: Just me.
OTHER STORIES: There were some who reported bear sightings that was never proven.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Carter Buschardt:
I had a nice phone conversation with the witness. This area is quite close to me actually. I am quite familiar with the area. Mixed rural Kansas farmland with fairly flat landscapes. Lots of creeks, rivers and some marshlands.
She was about 17-18 in 1994 when the sighting happened. She was driving home as stated about 11-11:15pm south on Hwy 169 from Paola towards Osowatomie KS. The old sanitation plant was more towards Osowatomie and the highway is 2 lanes each direction. The exact intersection was Cedar Niles Rd & 169 Highway.
As she was going south, it ran across the road from east to west. It was already moving when she saw it, and she had slowed down just a bit because of a slight curve in the road. It was walking in a hurried fashion but not running. It never looked her way. It just “walked over the fence in stride, never missing a beat.”
The fences around here, barbed wire, are a pretty much standard 4 ft. in height. The creature was nearly twice that height, so 7.5 to 8 ft. She did not recall any specific physical traits other than it was “very tall, very fast and walking in a nearly total upright position.” It was not bent or hunched over. It all happened within a 3-5 second span.
She grew up on a farm and is familiar with the usual and customary wildlife. She knew what “it wasn’t, a bear or anything else in the Kansas family tree of animals”. She decided to report it after her fear of potential ridicule subsided and she wanted to tell her story.
She is a good solid witness and is now quite intrigued as to the makeup of these creatures. I assured her that there is a lot more activity in Kansas than one would imagine and she will be paying a bit more attention during her hikes in the woods.
Supplemental note from Matt Moneymaker:
Why would a bigfoot be in this area at this time? This question can be asked of so many sightings, especially in the midwest in areas where there's no large tracts of forest or swamps around. The answer is deer -- the staple protein sources of bigfoots. There are lots of deer in Kansas. Deer cross highways. Predators will follow them.
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.