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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

'BLONDE BIGFOOT' Recently Observed at Rice Lake, Illinois

An Illinois couple was recently driving near Rice Lake, Illinois when a light-colored upright creature, probably a Bigfoot, crossed the highway in front of them.

I received the following account today:

"Dear, Sir. On Saturday, September 9, 2023, my wife and I were driving north on US 24 at Rice Lake, Illinois. It was about 7:45 p.m. and dusk was setting in.

Without a warning, a large, maybe 7-foot-tall, light-colored hairy upright creature crossed in front of us (right to left) at a distance of 150 feet or so. The creature literally crossed the highway in 2-3 seconds. Both of us got a very good look at it.

There was a pickup truck in the other lane at the time and this creature crossed directly in front of it. There is no way that they missed seeing it. In fact, when I passed the pickup after the crossing the man gained speed and didn't look in our direction.

We both believe that we witnessed a Bigfoot. I have lived in Illinois all my life and never believed in the sightings. But now I am somewhat confused by what we saw. I asked a few acquaintances about our sighting, but they didn't want to speculate. One friend suggested I contact you after searching Google.

The creature was massive in the body and the hair was light in color, kind of a dirty blonde hue. I want to remain anonymous, but thought that it was important to report our sighting. Thank you. W"

In January 2017,  a retired southwest Missouri man was driving on U.S. 24 along the shore of Rice Lake, Illinois at around 2:20 a.m. on the morning of Jan. 10 to visit a close friend who was hospitalized in Peoria. At that time, he observed a 'white Bigfoot'. Here is the original report that was made at the time:

“I always try to drive at night as much as possible,” he explained in an email he sent less than an hour after his experience occurred. “There is much less traffic and my plans were to get a motel room in Peoria, grab some sleep, and visit my sick friend in the morning. I was driving through an area with a fairly narrow strip of pretty thick woods on both sides and a large body of water called Rice Lake quite close on the other side of the trees to my right. There was almost no other traffic and I had slowed down a little in fear of a deer running out in front of me. Well, something did run out in front of me, but it was definitely not a deer.

“It was obviously a Bigfoot. I knew that as soon as I saw it, but it didn’t look like what I expected one to look like if I ever had the chance to see one. It was well over 6 feet tall, maybe even topping 7 feet, and was covered all over with fairly long hair — maybe four to six inches. But the most striking thing about it was that its hair was white. Actually, it wasn’t snow white, but instead had kind of a slight cream-colored tint to it. I have never heard of a white Bigfoot before.

“It was not actually running, but its steps were so long that it was covering quite a bit of ground with each one. It never did turn its head to face me completely, just kind of glanced in my direction as if to make sure I wasn’t too close, but from what I could tell it had thinner hair on its face and looked pretty well like a human. Because of his color, I tried to get a look at the eye color, since an albino of any species usually has pink eyes; these were definitely dark in color, probably brown."

NOTE: Could this have been the same Bigfoot? Do you know of other reports in the area? Please feel free to contact me. Lon



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