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Saturday, November 04, 2023

UNKNOWN CRYPTID Encountered in Appalachia, Southeastern Virginia (AUDIO/VIDEO/PHOTOS)

A Tennessee man is working in Southeastern Virginia. He encounters an unknown cryptid and is able to capture a photo. He also records well over 4 minutes of audio of the beast.

I recently received the following account:

"I’m from Eastern Tennessee, but when my encounter happened I was working up in and around Clintwood, Virginia close to a town called Pound, Virginia for 2 weeks. The encounter happened at an old sawmill out in the woods. There was only one way in and out of that location that I was aware of and I had been hearing strange noises like whistling and twigs breaking. Along with that, I had a strange feeling of being watched.

Now, I have seen some weird things in my life without explaining what they were. But what happened that day I cannot explain it. Every time I go to talk about this, I just start worrying and thinking about my encounter again. I can barely sleep at night and have nightmares about my encounter. I saw something that made me for sure believe that there are creatures in this world that do not want to be found until they show themselves to you!

This happened at 1:44 PM on September 22, 2020, and lasted not even 5 minutes when I saw the creature. The howls and other noises happened in the evening hours the evening when I saw the creature and the next evening throughout the time I was out there working.

I came to my service truck to get a Coca-Cola out of my cooler and I heard something make a loud growling sound. It sounded off in the woods so I looked around. Nothing. Then I heard it again and up on this cliff peeking out of the brush I saw this large black thing. When I’d look it’d hide again! Luckily I got one picture. I will say that I know it wasn’t a bear. My initial thought seeing the black coloration was that it was a bear but I realized it wasn’t because bears didn’t move like that thing did. It was larger than any bear and it was on 2 feet. I don't know how to explain it because it’s just out of place. But then it started peeking around the brush. That’s when I got out my phone and snapped the picture. But when I tried to start to record a video my phone died and I had around 70% battery. Then my phone came back on about 5 minutes after it disappeared because I kept up with the time in the pickup and my phone still had that % battery left!

Vocalization audio file

I had always believed they existed yet I had my skepticism and had heard stories about Bigfoot but never had my close-up encounter. But that day it happened. I will say looking at the pictures after I zoomed in I realized this may or may not have been Bigfoot but something totally different. I want to share this, I don’t want to hide my story because it just takes one person to make others share their encounter, It needs to be told! I feel the public needs to know things are out there.


My guess was that the creature I saw was easily over 7 feet tall if not bigger. I estimate that it was over 600-700 pounds! I have also found tracks and I have pictures of the tracks. I have a picture of my boot next to the tracks and they were bigger than my boot. I wear a size 12 but I will say there are really no definitive toes in the tracks, but they are massive tracks. I will gladly answer any questions and I also have the audio of the howls I recorded. But like I said my phone was still messed up and I couldn’t use video or camera on my phone when the creature was there and whenever the creature was around. It was weird that this thing could mess with technology." HO







NOTE: The consensus of the team is that the howls seem to be more canine than Bigfoot. The tracks do seem to indicate Bigfoot activity, but it's hard to determine if the creature captured in the photo is a Bigfoot or a possible cryptid canine. Then again, maybe it is something totally different. Your thoughts? Lon






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