Posted by: Craig Woolheater on February 27th, 2006
At the Texas Bigfoot Research Center, we have investigated several reports that were initially called in to local law enforcement. This report from Wharton County was initially called in as a prowler report to the sheriff’s office. The witnesses didn’t think that they would be believed, nor would anyone come out, if they reported what they had seen to the 911 dispatch. When the deputy arrived on the scene, they told him what they had seen, that it had not been a prowler, but had been some type of strange animal, a "big monkey." The deputy left the scene convinced that the witnesses were being truthful, that they were credible and that they had seen something highly unusual.
One of our invesitgators, Daryl Colyer, spoke not only to both witnesses, but the deputy, as well as the dispatch operator. The dispatch operator verified that the witnesses had called in a prowler report, that turned out to be a strange animal report. The deputy verified the events as well.
Another interesting aspect to this report, is that fact that what prompted the witnesses to contact us was that the very next morning, an article ran in their local paper about an investigation we had into a sighting in a neighboring county, 30 miles from their location. They were amazed to read the account of another sighting closeby, as they felt that their incident was an isolated one.
The deputy also verified that the sighting occurred the evening before the local newspaper article ran.
And speaking of Bigfoot and 911 calls, this past week, the Tahlequah Daily Press in Oklahoma, ran a followup article concerning local Bigfoot sightings there. It tells of a local sighting there that was reported to 911.
One of the more recent sightings was actually reported to the Cherokee County 911 office.
“In October, we received a call at about six in the morning from a man who said ‘I know this is going to sound crazy, but it’s not a prank,’” said Darryl Maggard, 911 coordinator. “He had just seen what he believed to be Bigfoot. It was seven feet tall and hairy, and from the anatomy it appeared to be female.”
Maggard said the man called from near the Welling Bridge area, and didn’t sound like he was in any way impaired.
“We’ve received calls in the past that you could tell were not believable – it was just someone who’d had a few too many,” said Maggard. “But he was obviously just a guy on his way to work. I really believe he saw something – there’s no doubt in my mind. But what do you do when you see something like that? I don’t know what I’d do. He decided to report it.”
In the meantime (until all the local Bigfoot sighters can tell their story for the camera) Maggard said that – even though it’s not an official Bigfoot hotline – anyone who sees something that unusual can call 911.
“If they see something like that, and they feel like they could be in danger, or someone else could be in danger, by all means report it,” said Maggard.
This Oklahoma witness, just like our witnesses from Wharton County, was believable to their local law enforcement. Stranger things have happened…