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January 11, 2008 Report

The RFP Research Project (RFPRP) – Report of Encounter

DATE REPORT SUBMITTED TO THE RFPRP: January 11, 2008

DATE OF ENCOUNTER: Fall 1999

TIME OF INCIDENT: Around 10:00pm

STATE: Alabama
COUNTY: Clarke
NEAREST CITY OR TOWN: Community of Rockville
LOCATION: Near the Salt Creek bridge
NEAREST HIGHWAY OR ROAD: The sighting occurred alongside Clarke County Road #15.
GENERAL LAND USE DESCRIPTION: Primarily timber production. The area has the remains of a limestone minning and block cutting operation that was used in building fireplaces or chimneys for the homes in the past. It is also known for its history as a “salt works” during the civil war era.
GENERAL TERRAIN DESCRIPTION: Sandy clay ridges and limestone bluffs with pine and hardword outcrops in the creek bottoms, hillsides and ravines.
NEAREST LAKES OR STREAMS: There are several creeks and ponds in the area. Both the Tombigbee and the Alabama Rivers are within a few miles of the sighting location. The rivers are bordered in most locations by large, dense and heavily forested bottom lands, oxbow lakes and swamps.
WITNESS PROFILE: A mature married woman that is familiar with the area’s typical wildlife.
ACTIVITIES OF WITNESS PRIOR TO ENCOUNTER / INCIDENT: The witness was on her way to work and traveling toward Jackson, Alabama.
DETAILS OF ENCOUNTER / INCIDENT: As the witness was driving to work, and as she was entering a curve and entering a downhill section of the road, the woman noticed something on the right hand side of the road. As she got closer she could tell that the animal was squatted down. It turned its’ head and looked her way at the same time as it stood up on two legs. As the headlights shined on it’s face she could see the eyes shinning red in color for just a few seconds. It looked back towards the other side of the road and took two steps to cross the road and it was gone from her sight.
DESCRIPTION OF ANIMAL: The witness stated the animal was human-like in form. It appeared to be seven to eight feet in height. It was somewhat stooped over, as it seemed that it never stood up fully erect.
The witness noted that the animal’s arms were longer in proportion to the body height than a human’s.

The witness stated the animal was covered in long, shaggy, white hair. The witness could not make out any details of the face or determine the sex of the animal.

PHOTOS OR DRAWINGS MADE? None.
DESCRIPTION OF RELATED SOUNDS: None.
DESCRIPTION OF RELATED SCENTS / ODORS: None.
HISTORICAL NOTES: This area has had several sightings in the past and other reports from this area have been posted on other websites.
INVESTIGATOR’S NOTES AND COMMENTS: During my conversation with this witness she commented on how many times she has told others about this sighting and most have laughted at her. They told her she must have seen a bear. She said “I would know a bear if I seen one and this was no bear”.
  

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Report received and recorded by: Mike McLain, Field Researcher/Investigator, The RFP Research Project