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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Possible Upright Canine Sighting - Mercer County, PA

The following report was submitted by Eric Altman of the Pennsylvania Cryptozoology Society...possibly an upright canine sighting. There is a history of upright canine sightings in Mercer County, PA:

On December 17, 2014 at approximately 3:15 AM. Shortly after leaving work, two men driving in different vehicles headed east on Route 62 towards the city of Mercer, PA. They both saw an unknown figure walking down the roadway. Witness A who has not come forward as of yet saw the figure on the right side of the roadway walking east with the flow of traffic. Witness B who I was able to interview saw the figure on the opposite side of the roadway walking east with the flow of traffic. Witness A was approximately a half mile ahead of witness B. After Witness B saw what he claims, he stopped at a local Gas convenience store where he spoke to Witness A about what he saw. Witness A confirmed he in fact saw the figure walking along the roadway just before Witness B did. Witness B later spoke with two other colleagues who left work at the same time. They were driving behind him approximately 150 to 200 yards back and they stated they did not see any figure or anything walking along side of the roadway.

I was able to interview witness B by telephone on December 19, 2014 and again on December 20, 2014 in person at the location of the sighting. The other witness who saw the figure first, has not come forward to talk with me about what he saw.

Date: December 17, 2014
Time: Approximately 3:15 AM
Location: Route 62 approximately 2 miles east of the city of Mercer PA.
Weather conditions, Temps in the mid to upper 30's and raining.

Witness B describes his sighting as such. While driving home from work at approximately 3:15 am he was headed east on Route 62 between 50 and 55 mph. The witness saw a very large figure walking with the flow of traffic on the opposite side of the road way. He did not see arms swinging, he did not see specific features or any type of hair. The witness described the figure as being an all uniformed color. The color was that of a light brown, as he stated similar to the color of a deer. The figure seemed to be moving very gracefully, as if it were gliding along. The witness saw the figure for several seconds before passing by. The witness ruled out the possibility of this being a person due to several factors. He estimated the height of the creature to be between 6 1/2 to 7 feet tall. The shoulders and upper body was massive in size coming down to a tapered and thin waist. The witness stated that the legs were two to three times the size of his. The witness emphasized that the figure was much larger than a NBA pro player or an NFL Football player. He stated the figure was much larger than former Pittsburgh Steelers Tackle Max Starks who is 6'8" and weighs 370 lbs. The witness stated the figure made Max look like a child. The witness did also state that two other colleagues were driving behind him approximately 150 to 200 yards. When he questioned them later if they too had seen the figure, they both stated they did not.

After passing the figure along side the roadway, he stopped at a convenience store where he spoke to his colleague who saw the figure just a few moments before. When he asked him if he saw the figure, the other witness replied, "You mean that giant F****** walking on the side of the road?" Which confirmed he too saw the figure.

The Investigation: Upon arriving at an agreed upon location in Mercer, PA at Noon on December 20, 2014, the witness and I traveled to the location where he had his sighting. I took several photos of the area and it was difficult to do any measurements or conduct a thorough investigation due to the high volume of traffic. However, I did document the witnesses statements, and took photos of the area. A look over the area revealed there is snow cover on the ground, however no prints or any physical evidence was located. My personal opinion is that the figure turned and either stepped over the guardrail or walked into the clearing on the left at the end of the guardrail and into the wooded area out of sight.

Conclusion: I feel that the eyewitness definitely saw something. What it was can not be determined as his encounter was very brief and he did not see any arms, or distinctive features. It is uncertain what the witness saw, however he is emphatic that it was not a person. The witness testimony was very intriguing and believable. However unless we are contacted by any other witnesses with further information or evidence to present, the case will remain unresolved as to what the witness saw on December 17, 2014.

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