IN Kosciusko April 1970 #00006

Indiana Bigfoot Awareness Group Report #0004-2005
DATE: Friday? / First Week of April 1970
TIME: Between 8:30pm and 9:30pm
LOCATION: TRI COUNTY Fish and Wildlife Area / AROUND BARREL AND HALF LAKE, near North Webster, IN. Kosciusko County
TYPE: Sighting
AREA/TERRAIN: In view of lake / open area around woods
WEATHER: A little cold.
SIGHTEE: engaged couple / man 25 at time of sighting, is 60 now. Names withheld from publication.
EVENT/ENCOUNTER: Text taken directly from web submission form –
MY WIFE (SOON TO BE) AND I WENT OUT TO THE TRI COUNTY TO PARK AND HAVE A ROMANTIC EVENING. I WAS ON THE DRIVER SIDE OF HER CAR AND SHE SAT BESIDE ME. AS THE COLD DIDN’T BOTHER US, WE SHUT THE MOTOR OFF AND WERE JUST TALKING. FOR SOME REASON SHE LOOKED BACK IN THE REAR WINDOW. SHE SAW A FORM ABOUT 10 TO 15 FEET IN BACK OF THE CAR. THEN I LOOKED AND SAW A FORM OUTLINED IN THE NIGHT SKY (THERE WAS A LITTLE MOON LIGHT OUT) IT STOOD ABOUT 7 TO 8 FOOT HIGH AND YOU COULD SEE THE HAIR ALL OVER THE BODY IN THE BACKDROP OF THE NIGHT SKY. IF I HAD TO SAY, I GUESS THE WEIGHT ABOUT 400 PLUS POUNDS. MY CAR WAS ON HER PASSINGER SIDE ABOUT 20 FEET AWAY. SO I STARTED HERS AND TOLD HER AS SOON AS I GET TO MY CAR WE BOTH GET OUT OF THERE. AFTER STARTING HER CAR I LOOKED BACK AND IT WAS NOT THERE. SO AFTER GETTING IN MY CAR WE BOTH SPED OUT OF THERE.
PREVIOUS EVENTS: None
HEARD: No sounds from creature.
SMELL: Not noticed.
OTHER NOTES: (From person submitting report) This was “A SIGHTING OF A LIFEFORM WE KNOW NOTHING ABOUT”. Has caused the witnesses to “BE OPEN MINDED”. After leaving Tri-County area, the couple “WENT TO HER HOUSE AND TOLD HER BROTHER” what had occurred.
MIKE’S NOTES: I spoke with ***** via phone. Very nice conversation. Here’s my replay of the chain of events after talking/walking thru the 1970 sighting with him. ***** and his ‘wife-to-be’ met out at Tri-County because he was working out of county to the north of Kosciusko county and she was living in/near North Webster at the time. They both drove out to Barrel-And-A-Half Lake located in the Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area. They parked within view of the water, and “he” got out of his car, and got in the driver’s seat of her car. She moved over to the passenger’s side. The estimated time of the evening was believed to be between 8:30pm and 9:30pm. At some point in their talking, “she” glanced back to the rear window and just froze looking that way. While he continued to talk to her, she began poking at him and made a gesture to look out the back window. He turned and looked with her together. They saw standing between 10 and 15 feet max. Behind the car, a large solitary figure. While it was dark out, with the available moonlight, they both observed a large figure that stood between 7 and 8 feet tall. In the moonlight they could distinguish that this figure was completely covered in hair, had an enormous upper body build, large shoulders that seemed to “slope” up to the head region. Its arms hung at its sides. They sat and stared at this “thing” for approximately 1 1/2 minutes, but probably not more than two minutes. Finally they turned to face each other and began to question what they should do. They decided to start her car and afterward he would dash over to his car and they would drive out of Tri-County as fast as possible. He started the car and looked back, but now the creature/figure was gone. They glanced around, and because they couldn’t see it standing anywhere else, he ran to his car, started it and they both drove to her family’s home where they told her brother about what had just happened.
I questioned ***** about the possibility of this just being a man, or a person who happened to walk upon the back of their cars and that there could have been other people back out there at that time as well. ***** was very clear about being able to distinguish even in the moonlight the size and bulk of this “life form” (his words) and that it was clearly visible in the moonlight to be completely covered in hair. (As far as they could see the upper body half -roughly) After starting her car and then getting in his car, when they left, they encountered no other vehicles back there, and never saw any other signs of people until they got back into North Webster several minutes later.
If witness can think of anything else, he will likely relay that on to me. This witness is now 60 years old, and was 25 at the time of the sighting in 1970, but feels he clearly remembers the details of that night extremely clearly. In recounting the story to me verbally, he was very precise about the events and recalled them easily, filling in some of the details of the event not included in his initial web submission to me.
Michael R. Bardsley
Indiana Bigfoot Awareness Group