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Derry Township, Westmoreland County, PA 2002
On September 28, 2002,
I received a phone call from a man who reported that recently two members
of his family on separate occasions, had observed an unusual creature
that resembled the description of a Bigfoot. The most recent incident
had occurred on September 27, 2002, and was a close range
We learned that the first incident had occurred about two weeks before. The teenage son was the first to have an encounter with the strange animal. The event took place on or about Wednesday, September 11, 2002, at around 6 P.M. The young man appeared to be a very serious individual, and carefully revealed the details of what occurred. The sighting took place just as the sun was going down. He was riding his bicycle on the family property when he heard crashing sounds originating from a wooded area.. There were sounds as though something was hitting a log, and branches breaking.
He stopped to listen,
when his attention was drawn towards a fence and tree line about 300 feet
away where he saw "a big brown human looking thing but very tall."
The creature was moving along the area, and there was some clearings where
the creature could be observed at times. The fellow described the creature
as generally man-like, about 8 feet tall, and covered with dark brown
hair. The creature was broad shouldered, had very long arms, and the head
was not perfectly round, but somewhat cone shaped. The creature which
took very long steps, was occasionally swinging it's arms as it moved,
Then on Friday, September 27, 2002, at about 2 P.M., the wife of the caller was driving up a road near the wooded area where the first sighting had taken place. She heard a sound like limbs and trees breaking coming from her left, and she stopped. There is a lot of deer in those woods, and she was concerned that some deer were about to run across the road and could hit her vehicle. She was talking to her husband on the cell phone at the time. Suddenly about 45 yards away, she was startled to see a creature emerge from a clearing in the woods.
She said that what she saw was tall and man-like, and was estimated at about 8 feet tall. It was covered all over with long brown hair which looked to be about 12 inches in length. The creature's arms hung to the knees, and long hair was hanging down from the arms. The creature had "big shoulders." The witness watched as the creature moved from the wood line, and crossed a field for a distance of about 100 feet. The creature which was slightly hunched as it moved, took big steps and quickly covered a lot of distance. The creature did not swing it's arms as it moved across the field.
At the end of the field was a barbed wire fence. What amazed the witness was that the creature never slowed down or hesitated as it approached the fence line. It crossed the fence without breaking stride. The witness watched as the creature just raised it's leg over the fence. "It just walked over the fence." When I measured the height of the barbed wire where the creature crossed, it was 44 inches off the ground. The creature never looked towards the vehicle. The woman was describing to her husband via the cell phone what she was seeing. She said that suddenly she became scared, and felt the need to "leave quickly."
In neither case was
any odor detected. We searched the nearby woods and field for any signs
of footprints or other evidence, but the hard and leaf covered terrain
revealed nothing unusual. The boy and other family members are avid hunters,
and know the woods well. They are familiar with the local
Historically numerous alleged Bigfoot sightings have occurred in locations near the ridge which extends from Preston County, W.VA. through Westmoreland, Indiana, and Fayette Counties in Pennsylvania.