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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.

SUMMER 1965, BELLEFONTAINE, OHIO, USA, A COUPLE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Bigfoot hunter Blake Mathys reported in 1988 that he interviewed a couple who saw a Bigfoot in the mid-1960's, probably in 1965. They were not quite sure about the date.

The couple was driving with their son who was 4 or 5 at the time on the west side of Bellefontaine, Ohio, and came to a railroad crossing. The crossing was rough, so they slowed down, and when they did, the wife looked to the right, down the tracks, and saw a large creature walking towards them on the railroad tracks. She said, "Look at that!", her husband then looked over and stopped the car. They watched it for a while, and the husband said, "That thing could crush this car", or something to that effect. Being concerned with their safety and especially their son's safety, they left the area. The husband estimated the creature's height at 6 et 6.5 feet; both agreed that it had very long arms. The wife thought that the color was a bit darker than an orangutan.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000596
Date of event: 1965
Earliest report of event: 1988
Delay of report: 23 years
Witness reported via: Told Bigfoot investigator.
First alleged record by: Bigfoot investigator interview transcript.
First certain record by: Bigfoot website sighting report.
First alleged record type: Bigfoot investigator interview transcript.
First certain record type: Bigfoot website sighting report.
This file created on: March 29, 2008
This file last updated on: March 29, 2008
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Ohio
Type of location: On abandoned railway tracks from car.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 2
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Young adults or adults.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Couple.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Bigfoot
Entities height: 1.80 to 2.0 meters
Entities outfit type: None or not seen.
Entities outfit color: N/A.
Entities skin color: Darker than orang-utan.
Entities body: Not reported. Powerful.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Long.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Walked there.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, fled.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible confusion, animal, bear. Insufficient information. Not UFO-related.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. bm1:] BLAKE MATHYS:

Report # 4954 (Class A)
Submitted by Blake Mathys on Monday, January 05, 1998.

Sighting by motorist near Bellefontaine

YEAR: 1965

SEASON: Summer

STATE: Ohio

COUNTY: Logan County

LOCATION DETAILS: On the west side of Bellefontaine, in Logan County, Ohio.

NEAREST TOWN: Bellafontaine

OBSERVED: The witnesses were driving, with their son (who was 4 or 5 at the time), on the west side of Bellefontaine, Ohio. As they were driving they came to a railroad crossing. The crossing was rough, so they slowed down. When they slowed down, the wife looked to the right, down the tracks. She saw a large creature walking. She said, "Look at that!". Her husband then looked over and stopped the car. They watched it for a while, and the husband said "That thing could crush this car", or something to that effect. Being concerned with the safety of themselves and especially their son, they left the area. The husband estimated the height at 6-6.5 feet. They both agreed that it had very long arms. The wife thought that the color was a bit darker than an orangutan.

OTHER WITNESSES: Driving

ENVIRONMENT: The creature was observed on abandoned railroad tracks. The tracks were bordered by thick woods.

Follow-up investigation report:

I have the witnesses' names and address on record. Please be sure to give me credit for this report, if only so that others may find out more about it if they wish. I have a transcript of the interview for anyone interested.

Blake Mathys (937) 355-2431
29110 January Road
West Mansfield, OH 43358

[Ref. bm2:] BLAKE MATHYS:

Bigfoot hunter Blake Mathys reports that an interview was conducted with a couple who saw a Bigfoot in the mid-1960's, probably in 1965. They were not quite sure about the date.

The couple was driving with their son who was 4 or 5 at the time on the west side of Bellefontaine, Ohio, and came to a railroad crossing. The crossing was rough, so they slowed down, and when they did, the wife looked to the right, down the tracks, and saw a large creature walking towards them on the railroad tracks. She said, "Look at that!", her husband then looked over and stopped the car. They watched it for a while, and the husband said, "That thing could crush this car", or something to that effect. Being concerned with their safety and especially their son's safety, they left the area. The husband estimated the creature's height at 6 et 6.5 feet; both agreed that it had very long arms. The wife thought that the color was a bit darker than an orangutan.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Bellefontaine, Logan County, Ohio, on Summer 1965, in the evening, the witnesses were driving with their son on the west side of town and as they approached a railroad crossing, they had to slow down; suddenly the wife looked to the right, down the tracks and saw a huge creature walking. She alerted the others who then watched it for a while. Being concerned with the safety of themselves and their son they left the area. The husband estimated the height of the creature to had been 6-6.5 feet; it had very long arms, and was very dark in color.

Albert Rosales indicates as source "Ron Schaffner".

Points to consider:

Ron Schaffner, of the former Ohio UFO Investigators League (OUFOIL), is more known as a "cryptozoologist", collecting sighting reports of strange creatures mainly in Ohio where he lives. He became interested in cryptozoology after reading John Keel's paperback book "Strange Creatures from Time and Space" in 1975. He is the editor of the cryptozoology newsletter "Creature Chronicles". His website as of 2008 is under reconstruction at home.cinci.rr.com/kd8afh. Though cited as source, the primary source is actually Blake Mathys, another Ohio field investigator specialized in Bigfoot, who interviewd the witnesses.

This particular case has obviously nothing to do with UFO occupants.

The distance of observation is not reported, and it is not known whether it occurred by night or day.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
None.

Evaluation:

Possible confusion, animal, bear. Insufficient information. Not UFO-related.

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 29, 2008 Creation, [bm1], [bm2], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 29, 2008 First published.

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