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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

1959, CARROLL COUNTY, MARYLAND, USA, A POLICE OFFICER:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

It seems that a local newspaper reported in 1959 that in Carroll County, Maryland, in 1959, at night, while on duty, a police officer saw a huge hairy bipedal creature cross a dirt road in front of his car, and step over a barbed wire fence.

The police officer yelled "halt!" and the creature turned and approached him, and the officer fired his gun at the entity, with no apparent effect. Reportedly, the police officer then fled from the area.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000550
Date of event: 1959
Earliest report of event: 1959?
Delay of report: Day, months?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Local newspaper.
First certain record by: "Bigfoot" catalogue Bord.
First alleged record type: Local newspaper.
First certain record type: "Bigfoot" catalogue.
This file created on: March 13, 2008
This file last updated on: March 13, 2008
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Maryland
Type of location: Dirt track.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adult.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Police officer.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Bigfoot
Entities height: Huge
Entities outfit type: None.
Entities outfit color: N/A.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Huge, biped.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported. Biped.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Hairy.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Crossed a dirt track.
Entities/witness interactions: Entity approached witness.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, fired with revolver, fled.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Bigfoot.
Explanation category: Possible confusion, bear.
Explanation certainty: Low.

Narratives:

[Ref. jb1:] JANET AND COLIN BORD:

The authors report in a Bigfoot sightings catalogue that in Carroll County, Maryland, a policeman saw Bigfoot cross a road and walk over a fence. He yelled "Halt!", Bigfoot walked towards him, so the policeman fired at it but Bigfoot continued coming. The policeman drove away fast.

The authors indicate that the sources are a 1959 issue of the News American, of Baltimore, noted S. Stover and headlined "Does Maryland have a Sasquatsch", and INFO Journal, volume VII, number 6, page 2.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Carroll County, Maryland, in 1959, at night, while on duty, a police officer saw a huge hairy bipedal creature cross a dirt road in front of his car and step over a barbed wire fence. The police officer yelled halt and the creature turned and approached the officer, who in turn fired his gun at the entity with no apparent effect. The police officer then fled the area.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Mark Opsasnick, The Bigfoot Digest.

[Ref. hd1:] HIGH DESERT BIGFOOT RESEARCH PROJECT:

The website indicates that in 1959, in Carroll County, Maryland, a Police officer saw Bigfoot cross road and step over fence, he yelled "Halt!", Bigfoot walked towards him, so he fired at it but it kept coming. He drove away fast.

Points to consider:

No UFO was seen and the creature is stated to be "Bigfoot", not a UFO occupant. No investigation report seems available, and the report is apparently a newspaper story. With an anonymous witness and an absence of a date, it seems unlikely that anthing more can be learned on this sighting.

The details of the case are cruelly missing, however it is reported that it happened in the night; there is consequently nothing to exclude that the creature was for example a bear.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe March 13, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No primary source available, primary source not dated. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe March 13, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Insufficient information, for example sighting distance, size, lighting conditions, exact date etc. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe March 13, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Investigation difficult: decades late, unnamed witness, no exact date, no exact place etc. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe March 13, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No apparent connection with UFO matters. Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe March 13, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross The possibility of a confusion (bear) seems not to have been considered and not to have been discarded with reasons. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible confusion, bear.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 13, 2008 Creation, [ar1], [hd1], [jb1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 13, 2008 First published.

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