Open Case File 017-2014
Location: SE Oklahoma, LeFlore County
Case Type: Witness Accounts of Encounter
Time Frame: 1980's and 2008
Investigator: Troy Hudson, Sasquatch Genome Project
This investigator was contacted on August 9th, 2014 by a friend of the witness. This witness is a retired police officer with half of his career in municipal law enforcement and other half with a federally recognized tribe of North America. His name and department information withheld upon request of the witness. The events that are recorded below have occurred over a 20 year span. Some of the incidents mention have occurred in more than one county in the State of Oklahoma. The witness grew up in and around tribal communities and has lived the life of being taught traditional tribal values and customs. He had heard about the Sasquatch when he was growing up, as he can remember he was hearing the words "Wildman" or the "ancient ones". He also stated he remembers growing up that it was just myth or tribal stories from the elders to scare the kids from wondering to far from home. The witness (This investigator will call "William" for the sake of the public report) grew up in far NE Oklahoma. William has family stretching from NE to SE and over towards far Western Oklahoma.
William's first encounter was in 1988, he was driving with a friend to visit family in far SE Oklahoma. They were on a mountain top highway near Talimena Drive (Hwy 259) (July at 7:30PM) headed south when they started around a curve when something just off the road (passenger side) large and very dark in color attempted to step out onto the pavement stopped and spun around and darted up the hill. The passenger side of the vehicle would be facing the mountain side of the roadway. This area is very rugged terrain and complete forest timber on both sides of the road. What William described seeing is a dark figure, standing up right, and large upper body. He only glanced over to look when his friend gasp and sat up in his seat and said "watch out a...what the %^* is that". William said they were traveling 60-65 MPH due to the curve and the downgrade of the road. He was trying to watch the road and look over at the same time.
William's second encounter was in 1989, he was on patrol in a small community in far NE Oklahoma when he received a call about a vehicle accident that was on the other side of town out on a rural road, this time frame the county sheriff's office didn't have deputies out late at night. (December at or around 11:30 PM) The air temperature he recalls was in the lower 30s this time of year. He also stated the he remembers the wind was blowing like crazy making the wind chill to be in the mid 20s. He was driving with his emergency lights and sirens activated, he was headed out of town and slowed down to take a corner off a black top pavement onto a dirt road. When he started to go into his turn his headlights caught the glimpse of something standing on the dirt road estimated to be 40-50 yards in front of his patrol vehicle. William said all he could see is it was upright dark black (head to toe) and it turned and took one step and disappeared off the side of the road. He said he remembered slowing down using his spotlight that is mounted on the driver's side to look into the ditch and wooded area off that particular side of the road. He only paused a few seconds, didn't see anything or any type of wildlife or "anything" that was similar to what he saw standing in the road. In his memory he said it looked like "a tall well built man wearing all black" He described what he can remember it could have been 6" to 7" feet tall and possible no less than 300 lbs.
William's third encounter was many years later in 2008, he was working as a Tribal Police Officer and was on an assignment in Oklahoma. (Unable to give exact location due to the sensitive nature of protected tribal land that is in public trust status). This location is populated with tribal housing and tribal community buildings that is surrounded by heavily wooded areas and river bottoms. This particular encounter was a radio call from dispatch about kids being "threatened and scared" of the "boogeyman" as some people call the Bigfoot. Dispatch also gave indications that there had been several calls about the "boogeyman" on previous shifts. William and another tribal officer went to investigate. This particular incident was in April or 2008 at or about 9:00 PM. Upon their arrival they met with 3 kids and two sets of parents that were standing in a yard of one of the homes that borders the river bottoms that the tree line comes within 50 yards of this particular home. They described seeing several sets of red eyes glowing and starring at them for hours on end, they report having small sticks and small rocks being thrown at them for couple of nights in a row. One parent said she was growled at by something that she could feel the strength of the growl in her chest that it scared her so bad that she wouldn't allow her children out at night for several days. One of the fathers of the children told William and his father that one of the local elder's claims that it is the "Wildman" looking for children to steal and they should leave "them" alone and do whatever "they ask of the tribe". This being an elder later determined to be in his late 90s at the time of this incident. Everyone standing in the yard heard a large very noticeable tree branch/limb being broken just inside of the tree line. The kids screamed as well as the some of the parents standing there. William and his partner spun and started searching the tree line with their flashlights. One of their flashlights caught the momentary view of a large dark brownish face between two branches that appeared to be human in appearance. They describe it immediately covered it's face and made a verbal growl and heard large foot steps and running sounds going away from them into the river bottoms. There were continuous roving patrols of the areas for weeks with few related incidents from other tribal police officers.
William was completely determined to seek answers and find out why he has saw things that people claim that do not exist according to TV and science experts. He sought out elder after elder, read books and studied websites on the internet. One elder told him that the Bigfoot as "man" cause them, have been here for thousands of years and was part of creation. William said one thing that seems to be said by most elders from across tribal communities. "The Sasquatch or Hairy People are here because the Great Creator (God) put them here, they watch out of over us and one day they will walk right beside us just as they did hundreds of year ago"
Investigator's Notes: I spoke with William on several occasions to obtain these witness accounts. William has noted that most tribal people that he knows that are of age, that know about the Sasquatch will not talk about it to outside people, meaning non-native and sometimes not even their people of their own tribe. The importance of the knowledge of the Sasquatch is being lost by people that want to prove their existence and want to shoot one for science. This investigator has heard this more than enough times to know what is coming next. "They are a type of people, they are another tribe, they are created for a reason that God wanted for a purpose" William stated that some people get to see the Bigfoot more than once, some people never get to see the Bigfoot. It is a mystery that he will have to live with. There are no answers to life's problems and mysteries, only the adventure in the search of those answers. Future planned visits to talk with certain tribal elders are being organized to learn what other witnesses have experienced at these locations.
Case Status: Open for further Investigation
Insert: Pic of the Talimena Scenic Drive in Leflore County, SE Oklahoma