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Report # 1391  (Class A)
Submitted by witness D. R. on Sunday, January 21, 2001.
Man has late night sighting north of Redding
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YEAR: 1999

SEASON: Spring

MONTH: March

DATE: 4th

STATE: California

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

NEAREST TOWN: North of Redding CA


OBSERVED: On or about March 4th, I had decided to take a drive up the inner-coastal (I-5) highway from Sacramento, CA to Portland, OR to visit some friends that I had not seen over the holidays. At approx 9:30-10:00 I stopped for gas in a small town just north of Redding, CA. I departed and continued heading north to Edgewood. I was searching for another exit, one with food, however I didn't find one, so I exited and drove out about 1-2 miles on a paved highway that turned into dirt without warning. (Off Edgewood road). I pulled my car over, and got out some food I had taken incase I couldn't find a restaraunt. I proceeded to eat, and take a short nap. I awoke about 1:30AM to the sound of something hitting my car from what I thought to be the front. I got out to look around and found a rock had hit my vehicle in the hood area. I found this very odd, and thought maybe some kids were playing around. I re-entered my vehicle, started it up again, turned on the lights, and to my utter surprise infront of me was a creature (for lack of a better term) just in the range of my headlights.
Apparently it had been there watching me walk outside the vehicle and didn't move or make a sound. It seemed uninterested in me, then suddenly turned and started to move away (left) into a small brushy area. I would have to estimate it at 7'0 to 8'0 tall, somewhat of a chocolate color, and very mobile for its size. It did not seem awkward by any means. I was not sure what to do, so I locked the doors and waited until I got my bearings together again. I got back on the highway and used my cell farther up the road to try and call CHP. When I reached them, I was unsure of how to explain this. I decided to call leter on when I knew exactly how to say what I had to say and not sound crazy.

ALSO NOTICED: Creature made no sound - no fast movement

OTHER WITNESSES: One - I was asleep

OTHER STORIES: I was passing through this area

TIME AND CONDITIONS: Evening - night

ENVIRONMENT: Bush land - River a few miles away I believe

Follow-up investigation report:

I talked with the witness by phone and the following details can be added to the report:
--the rock that was thrown at the car didn't cause any damage;
--the rock appeared to have been thrown in an effort to get the witness to leave the area;
--when witness first saw the creature, it was half squatting or kneeling on the side of the road;
--creature didn't seem interested in him;
--after 20-30 seconds, it moved off to the side of the road (and out of the range of the lights) in about three steps. It had a very long stride;
--creature description:
>forehead not particularly protruded
>looked like a large man, not an ape,
>buttocks and hips were proportionate to chest, all were very large,
>legs short for the body,
>hair was thick, no form, more like a thin coat and about an inch long,
>hair thinned up by face,
>it had a very large nose,
>eyes reflected white/yellow from the headlights, and
--called the CHP within an hour of the incident, but they didn't seem interested.

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