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PROVINCE: British Columbia
LOCATION DETAILS: About 50-70 meters above the bridge at the 12 km sign.
NEAREST TOWN: Harrison Hot Springs
NEAREST ROAD: Morris Valley Rd/Weaver Creek Rd
OBSERVED: My name is Ingemar Ramell. I am a 52-year old Swedish Archaeologist and a proud member of the BFRO. I have attended several BFRO Expeditions in North America over the years:
North Florida Expedition 2009, Northern California 2009, British Columbia 2009, Vancouver Island South 2009 and the Olympic Peninsula Expedition also in 2009.
I also attended the Expeditions in British Columbia in 2016, 2017 and 2019. The North American conferences that I have taken part of was the celebration of John Green in Harrison Hot Springs in 2011, The Sasquatch Summit, and the Bigfoot Conference in Kennewick 2017.
I have also been walking around alone in the forests of North America looking for Sasquatch and footprints. In a Hot Spot area, a forest in northern Florida I found an old footprint in the sand in February 2009. In the mountains above Bluff Creek in Northern California I found a footprint in snow on a mountain road in may 2009. I have pictures of both. I was surprised of how easy it was for me to find footprints of Sasquatch in the USA!!!
I also participated in the Conference and the Expedition that was organized in Moscow and Siberia in October 2011. I have met eyewitnesses and I have heard many stories from people from USA, Canada and Russia.
I know that Sasquatches exist and I proudly stand for that anytime and anywhere. I believe that Sasquatches are bipedal apes or something more human-like. The future will give us the answer.
Anyway, I attended the BFRO 2016 British Columbia Expedition that took place on September 8-11. On Monday September 12 the organizer and the rest of the group left the area where we had the Expedition and started to drive back to Vancouver.
We were 4 men in 2 cars. I was sitting as a passenger in the second car. The sun was shining this day and the landscape was very beautiful to look at. Being a Swedish tourist I was looking out through the car windows as much as possible and talking to the driver.
After driving for some time, around PM 3.30 in the afternoon we got close to the bridge on Morris Valley Rd/Weaver Creek Rd by the 12 kilometer sign. Then I saw movement on the left side of the road. I turned my head to the left and saw for what I would estimate to be about 2-3 seconds a reddish-brown human looking figure with an ape looking head that quickly moved from a trench up toward some trees and then froze.
The body was still but the head was locked to the car and the face (eyes) followed the car as the car moved. I had eye contact with that figure and the eyes was very mean looking. I got really scared by looking into his eyes and a thought immediately came up in my head: "elak apa". That means "ape" in Swedish. That's what came into my head. I would call it a reaction based on instinct.
The eyes was very frightening and he really looked like a killer. He looked intelligent. But he also seemed to be aware of the danger of being seen by a human. He was not relaxed, he was worried. The figure that I saw was clearly a male. No breasts or broad hips or anything like that. I am 6`3 and I think that he was as tall as me. He was thin, he had no big muscles. He did not look like Patty from Bluff Creek. To me Patty looks like a bipedal gorilla.
I told this to Bob Gimlin when I met him in Kennewick in 2017 and he told me that they come in all sort of looks, some more apelike and some more human looking. The male that I saw looked more like a mix between an orangutan and a human. He looked like a slender male around 20-35 in human age. He had short reddish-brown hair on his body.
The best description that I can give of him is that he looked like the reconstructed face on Google Pictures of an Australopithecus Africanus but with a higher forehead and less Prognatism.
For some odd reason that I can not explain I did not say anything or do anything. I did nothing. I just froze. I did not even tell the driver or asked him to stop the car. This is very sad because I had a chance of a lifetime. I was well ”armed”. I had 2 cameras in my side pockets, 1 knife, 1 tomahawk and 1 bottle of bearspray on me. As a Swede in Bear/Cougar/Wolf country I have to watch my back... The driver is a tough man and a experienced Canadian hunter. When we got back to Vancouver and offloaded the gear I told Jason about my sighting but I felt soo stupid for not saying anything while we where there. Jason then told me that BC-Investigator Bill Miller have been investigating a sighting that an Italian man had some years earlier on the other side of the bridge.
Today I am ashamed over this and regretful. I should have said and done something. However, I have read so many class A reports on BFROs homepage that I know that it is normal to react like this. I hope to someday in the future to get a second chance...
Two days later on the Wednesday I came back to the place of my sighting in a rented car. I camped at the nearest campsite and spent 2 days walking around at the place of my sighting looking for that male Sasquatch and footprints. I was really scared when I did this.
I saw footprints in the moss on both sides of the road that must have been made by the Sasquatch. They were of my size even though I doubt so they could have been made by a human. I also saw deer prints in the moss on the other side of the road. I got the impression that he might have been tracking a deer. If I had been an experienced tracker then I would have been able to gather more information.
There is a beautiful stream that goes under the bridge (freshwater) and into Harrison Lake. It is a very calm and beautiful place but it is private property signs all over so I was trespassing.
On the Thursday afternoon BFRO-BC Investigator Jason Sackrison came to the place of my sighting and we walked around and looked for signs.
2017 before the second Expedition in the area I was back at the place of my sighting with another BFRO-BC investigator and told him of what I had seen.
In the autumn of 2011 I wrote an essay at the Göteborg University in Archaeology. My topic was Sasquatch. I got Swedish University points for that essay. I tried in that essay to estimate the IQ-level of Sasquatch based on what they do, their behavior when they are seen by humans. That essay has come up in my mind recently. What level of intelligence does it take for an animal to understand that it is better to only move the head and not the body in order not to be seen but also to be able to see the human?
I want from the bottom of my heart to thank: The founder of the BFRO Matt Moneymaker for starting this wonderful organization. I also want to thank the leader of the expedition Jason Sackrisson for organizing it and inviting me to participate. It is thanks to these two great men that I saw a Sasquatch! For this I am eternally grateful.
I have for different reasons waited to report this sighting. One reason is that I needed time to digest my sighting since it made me so shaken. I needed to think about it and try and find out the motive for his movements and why he had a such a strong eye-look at me. It was his eyes that scared me.
In August 2009 I visited John Green at his home in Harrison Hot Springs to interview him on his research on Sasquatch. One of my questions was where in Canada there are Sasquatch. He answered me: Right here around Harrison Lake, there has been several observations here over many years. And he said that Sasquatch live everywhere in Canada where there is forest, fresh water and a healthy population of deer.
John Green was right.
OTHER WITNESSES: No witnesses.
OTHER STORIES: Yes, there was a sighting on the other side of the bridge a few years earlier that Bill Miller has been investigating. And I met a man at the nearby Gas station in August 2009 that told me a story when he and his wife smelled something close to their house outside of Harrison Hot Springs.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: PM 3:30 It was a beautiful day with blue sky and the sun was shining!
ENVIRONMENT: Dirt road in a forest close to Harrison Lake.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
The bridge mentioned is the one over Cartmell Creek. There was another Class A sighting in this same area during a different BFRO expedition. That one was also a daylight sighting but the figure was a smaller one, roughly the size of a large chimpanzee.
About BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
Matthew Moneymaker is originally from the Los Feliz District of Los Angeles, California.
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
- Founder of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization,1995.
- Writer and co-producer of the Discovery Channel documentary "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science", 2001.
- Co-producer of the TV Series "Mysterious Encounters" for the Outdoor Life Network (OLN Channel), 2002.
- Producer of the "2003 International Bigfoot Symposium" (Willow Creek Symposium) DVD set, 2004.
- Co-host of "Finding Bigfoot" on Animal Planet Channel, 2010 - 2017.
- Current Director of the BFRO