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Bigfoot Sighted in Union County, Ohio
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Copyright The Telegram, July 2, 1980,

UNION COUNTY, OHIO: "We don't know what is out there but people are seeing something. You can't make up that many stories like this," said Union County officials of the reported Bigfoot sightings in Union County.

An assortment of cars lined Logan County road 142 as members of the -Lima Mammal Research team gathered with local residents at the edge of the wooded area where sightings of "Bigfoot" had been witnessed by several area residents.

"Don't believe there is such a thing," said one man shaking his head in disbelief. "Just folks' imagination," said a second elderly man. "But imagination doesn't make footprints," said a third. But the people who saw "Bigfoot" know they saw something that frightened them badly.

Just after 8 a.m. on June 25, Tom Quay went out to his mailbox. Returning to the house he walked around the side towards the back. As he neared the door, he saw something at the edge of the woods about 120 yards away that startled him. He hurried into the house and called the Sheriff's Department. Sheriff's Deputies soon arrived on the scene. Next a helicopter was added to the search.

Later the Mammal Research Team from Lima joined the efforts to locate the creature that has recently been sighted walking all over the Logan-Union County area leaving its big footprints as a calling card.

Tom Quay describes what he saw as being 9 to 10 feet tall, black in color, hairy and having little or no neck. Trampled corn and crushed grass gave mute testimony of the recent presence of something. The sightings began on Tuesday, June 17. The time was 9:20 a.m. The place was a cornfield not far from West Mansfield, Ohio. Pat Poling, who lives on Union County Road 301, was cultivating corn. He saw the creature come out of the woods and walk along the edge of the trees as though it were looking for something. "It hadn't seen me yet," Poling said. "As I came down the field, he came across the end of the field along the trees and we were coming closer together," he continued. "I decided to get a closer look, since I was on the tractor," he said. "When I turned the tractor at the end of the field, we were about 125 feet apart. He looked up and saw me and ran into the woods," Poling concluded.

He described what he saw as being 7 or 8 feet tall weighing around 400 pounds, black in color and covered with hair except for its hands. Facial features could not be determined. A few local residents who were searching the wooded area near the cornfield discovered big footprints the next day. A neighbor, Donald Mathys, made a plaster cast of one of the prints. It measured 18 inches long and 7 inches wide. [related to Blake Mathys??]

Donna Riegler and her husband, a Union County Game Protector were laughing on a Sunday evening about the whole idea of Bigfoot. The following Tuesday, when Donna was driving home from work, she saw the creature lying in a fetal position on the road. She first thought it was a dog, then a bear. What she saw when she was closer, frightened her such that she put her car in reverse and backed over the railroad tracks she had just crossed, without even looking for the train. Mrs. Riegler describes what she saw as being covered with hair except for the palms of the hands. It walked stiffly with a robot-like walk.

Article courtesy Ron Schaffner , Creature Chronicles

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