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Mad River Sasquatch Study Group

Area   #1         Night   Mission


Date: 3/01/02
Time: 10:30 P.M. to 3:00 A.M.
State/County: Ohio / Clark
Weather Conditions: Hot and Humid. Clear Skies No Moonlight
Refer to Area 1 reports for other general information.

Event Details
Sighting: No
Vocalizations: Possible. Grunting and muffled growls
Odors: Nothing unexplained
Traveling sounds: Yes. Footsteps. Brustling noises and objects landing in leaves and grass near our posistion


We had made the decision to infiltrate Area #1 at night. To prevent issues with Law Enforcement, we were dropped off along the highway with an arranged pick up time. There were 3 in our group. We entered the area through a drainage ditch heavily concealed with brush. Working down the hillside we began our approach into the woods from the valley located Southeast of the woods and directly East from the lake. We proceeded across the creek and split up onto 3 separate paths. Our goal was to establish a Perimeter at the top of the hill. This has been the "Hot Spot" for activity and evidence during the last year. We communicated through headsets and deployed approx. 100 feet from each other. We remained quiet and still for the first hour. We experienced all the normal sounds of the night. Small animals moving about and the chirps of crickets. At approx. 11:35 P.M. The team member deployed on the Western side of our perimeter heard what appeared to be footsteps. We could locate nothing through our Night Vision scopes. At around 12:30 A.M. I made the decision to employ glow sticks to enhance our viewing. Each member threw out 2 glow sticks, one to his left and one to his right. All in front of us at about 50 yards. They were all located across the fenceline from our posistions. Shortly after, I heard what appeared to be Grunting sounds, and what sounded like footsteps through tall grass. The team member to my right reported growling sounds at the same time. Again, no movement was detected through night vision. We remained still for about another half hour, when the team member to my right cursed loudly through the headsets and immediately ran to my posistion. He was clearly frightened and claimed something had been thrown at him. I called the team member to my left to join up with us so we could watch in all directions. At Approx. 1:15 A.M. something landed in the leaves directly in front of us. We still could not find anything with the night vision. We experienced at least three more objects landing near us, including one that fell within 2 feet of where we were standing. It was at this point we made the decision to slowly retreat back down the hill. Once we were back down in the valley we continued to scan the woods around us for any signs of movement. One team member reported seeing a glimpse of a large shadow at the top of the ridge to our North. At 2:45 A.M. we concluded and made our exit back to our pick up point on the highway.

Follow Up

We returned the next morning to look for any evidence of our encounter the night before. We found no tracks of any kind. We were able to locate only one of the glow sticks we had used. We searched the areas where we had stationed ourselves and were able to find no evidence of any objects other than pieces of limbs. One piece we found was broken cleanly on both ends. It was approx. 3 inches in diameter and 4 inches long. We cannot make any safe assumption that any of what we experienced was caused by possible Sasquatch activity. Our investigation will be labeled as inconclusive at this time.

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