MOREHEAD, Ky. — A woman who paid $75 to join other paranormal researchers on a late-night hike through the Daniel Boone National Forest said she got a glimpse of Bigfoot, a supposed larger-than-life creature whose existence has long been debated.
Teresa, who uses only her first name as do many Bigfoot believers for fear of ridicule, said her group had been walking along trails late Saturday night near Cave Run Lake when she heard grunting and growling.
Her group stumbled upon the creature, she said, as he was trying to kill a deer. He was interrupted by bright lights shining in his face. The rugged, hilly forest is located in eastern Kentucky.
“When the flashlight hit his eyes he immediately turned his head and moved his body and turned the opposite direction we were in,” Teresa said.
The eight-foot-tall creature quickly ran away, deep into the forest, Teresa said, saying she chased him.
“I wanted to talk to him,” she said. Teresa is an established spiritual medium and animal communicator from New Jersey, she said.
There were three search groups and, according to Teresa, hers was the only one that spotted the big, hairy, ape-like man.
Paranormal researcher Chad Morin paid $150 for a temporary special-use permit from the U.S. Forest Service to “attempt to locate the famed Bigfoot creature.”
“I think the permit pretty much speaks for itself,” Teresa said. “Why would you issue a permit if something doesn’t exist?”
A pre-search meeting was filled with persons who are interested in the subject. They were reluctant, however, to share their stories, especially with the press.
“I don’t talk a lot because I don’t want to be put on the sixth floor,” one man said, referring to the location of a mental health unit at a nearby hospital.
Researchers and investigators said they are planning another hunt next spring.
Details for this story were provided by Nicole Sturgill, a reporter for The Morehead (Ky.) News. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.