Carroll County, Maryland
Sykesville, late 1972, early 1973 - "Hunt Still in Progress"
"Sykesville Monster Interest Spreads"
Sykesville, Maryland -- The fear and uncertainty that has gripped residents here the past two weeks has been intensified by two new reports of monster sightings received by police Friday.
The "Sykesville Monster'' was seen Friday evening by an out-of-state truck driver who described him vividly.
Of high significance is the fact the 1,400-population town, 20 miles North of Baltimore Maryland in Carroll County, has jumped into nationwide headlines in the National AFRO and other news media. Following the Baltimore zoo assistant director Dr. Ted Roth called to say that he went to Sykesville and determined the footprint is by a large human foot "with fallen arches." He said he would report after he takes another trip to Sykesville to determine "what the balance of the body may be."
A Baltimore scientific research firm is also in Sykesville checking AFRO caller's from 'educators to the man-on-the-street' are on their way to the small town.
The driver stated that whatever it was seemed to be "caked with mud from the waist down."
Although he was unable to pinpoint the exact location of the sighting, the driver said it appeared to be sitting down. According to the driver, the "thing", which was evidently minding its own business, stood, turned around and sensing danger, dashed into the woods.
As the result of the AFRO story Friday, an investigating organization, Odyssey Scientific Research, Baltimore, is on the scene. John Lutz, director of Odyssey, talked to the truck driver, and said there is an additional witness in Anne Arundel who reportedly saw the monster.
TALKING WITH EYE-WITNESSES
According to Mr. Lutz, the entire incident could be the work of a prankster. "It's very possible that a prankster will call the police department and say it was all a big joke," he said.
According to Anthony Dorsey, the monster has also been seen in Woodstock, and Marriotsville, Md., located 6 miles from Sykesville, Md.
NONE WITH BIG FEET
According to Dr. Fred Pokrass, superintendent of Springfield, no unusual number of escapes has been reported, and none with big feet. "We always have a certain number 'who leave without permission," he said, adding that nothing out of the ordinary, "has come to my attention."
Dr. Pokrass did state, however, that within the last two weeks, "10 or 12 people have taken unauthorized leaves." Included in that number are one or two persons considered "dangerous' to themselves or to others," said the doctor, who was unaware of any "monster" reports until Monday.
As of this printing residents and officials in Sykesville continue to scour-the area in hopes of discovering new leads.
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