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Submitted by witness Chase Collins on Saturday, April 10, 2021.
Hiker’s dusk sighting in Stinchcomb Wilfdlife Refuge (OKC)
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COUNTY: Oklahoma County
LOCATION DETAILS: When I lived in NW Oklahoma City, I would frequently take evening walks at Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge. The preserve is roughly 1000-acres located on the suburbs of Oklahoma City and Yukon adjacent to the Wiley Post Airport. Beginning from the parking lot at end of NW 50th street, the maintenance road will take you 2.5 miles upriver to the Kilpatrick bridge, where the N. Canadian river enters the reserve. However, the city only maintains the trail to the remote communication building, from there the trail becomes overgrown in the summers. The park is typically visited by local neighbors, bicyclists, horseback riders, and dog lovers.
NEAREST TOWN: Oklahoma City, OK
NEAREST ROAD: River Road (dirt hiking path)
OBSERVED: This evening, I decided to venture pass the communication building as the foliage was still at ease. I continued another ½ mile up the path to where the powerlines cross the river, from here the river bank drops 15ft, giving a nice view of the river below. As I approached this area, my eyes were immediately caught by someone down below at the river edge. What I saw was an all-black figure down at the river edge about 250ft away. I thought it was strange because not many people hike off trail into the preserve during the summers nor late in the evening or even pass the communication building. As I watched this “man” down at the river bank, I started to notice settle detail like golden-red hair in the sunset. I also didn’t notice any distinct clothing but hair alone. At this moment I remember being very confuse to what I was seeing. Whoever was down at the river, began to walk inland using it’s arms to move the reed bushes. That I saw it’s long hair dangling from its arm, shoulder to hand. “Omg, it’s bigfoot” I thought. I immediately began to reach for my phone without taking my eyes off the creature, that is when it noticed me. What terrified me the most was not able to make out any details in the face as we made eye contact. That is when I ran. I continued to ran until I met a couple with their dog back at the communication building. I will never forget the look of confusion on their faces when I came sprinting around the corner. I wanted to tell them about my experience but I continued to run as I thought they would not believe me. The following day I returned to look for footprints but was unable to venture into the overgrown foliage. The experience was not enough to scary me away completely, instead I was more cautious of the time of day and surroundings. I continued to exercise at Stinchcomb until I moved to AZ in July 2019.
ALSO NOTICED: The week prior I saw a homeless women making camp in the woods. Her hair was messy so I initially thought this was her at first. However, this was 1 mile downriver from where I saw the creature.
OTHER WITNESSES: Myself.
OTHER STORIES: I have been told by my coworker as he knows I frequently walk the trails. Also there is rumors of tree structures deep in the reserve. But these could have been built by teenagers who live in the nearby neighborhood. As I have seen many adolescents with their friends exploring the woods.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Monday, April 15, 2019 at approximately 7:10pm is when I saw the creature. (I had just picked up my taxes before the office closed)
ENVIRONMENT: Wildlife refuge park located on the suburbs of Oklahoma City and Yukon.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
I spoke with the witness, Chase Collins, by phone. He now lives in Arizona and works as a night auditor at a local resort. He lived in Oklahoma City for a year or so and would walk along the same trail once or twice per week. He would never walk as far as he did on this occasion because beyond a certain point the road was not maintained and was very overgrown.
As stated in his report he estimates his distance was 250 feet or so from the figure. He watched it for 10-15 seconds before reaching for his phone to take photos. The figure was already moving into thicker brush by the time he got his phone in position to take photos. He was very certain that it was covered with dark fur that had a reddish-brown tinge on the edges. The fur was hanging down from its arms as it was parting the reeds to move back into the woods away from the river bank.
The location of the witness when he spotted the figure:
The approximate location of the figure:
The BFRO shot two episodes of Finding Bigfoot in Oklahoma. One segment of one episode was the investigation of a credible sighting by two kayakers within this same refuge. There were other second hand stories as well.
This swampy refuge is crawling with wildlife. The only hunting allowed is for waterfowl. and only during that season. No camping allowed and there’s only a few trails, and only on the perimeter.
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