Submitted to BFRO by witness on Wednesday, December 31, 2008.
Possible nighttime encounter at a home outside Turkey Run State Park
COUNTY: Parke County
LOCATION DETAILS: Directions omitted upon request.
NEAREST TOWN: Marshall
NEAREST ROAD: highway 41
OBSERVED: My significant other and I lived in a house near (about 2 miles) from Turkey Run State park. It first started out, we were sitting near a fire we had built in our yard when I kept getting the feeling I was being watched.This was probably 9 or 9:30 at night. My partner asked me what was wrong to which I told him. A few minutes later, the cattle pastured behind our house started bawling and running like something either scared them or was chasing them. My partner stepped out to the side of the garage (Which was beside the house) and called me to come look, which when I got there, there was something tall standing in the moonlight. He then picked up a piece of steel pipe, his weapon of choice, and threw it at the shape, which didn’t move and we then assumed it was a pine or cedar tree. We went in the house shortly thereafter, but I still could not shake the “being watched “thing.
The next morning, we went back out to where the tree was supposed to be and there was NO tree!! He threw a big rock at the spot where he’d threw the pipe the night before and actually hit the pipe on the ground with the rock. We walked out to where these items were and the grass was all beat down and trails led out through the pasture where the cattle are. There were two distinct trails, the grass was waist high and you could tell the one whatever used to come up and the one it used to go back by the direction the grass was laying.
ALSO NOTICED: I remember it like it was yesterday. He does too.
OTHER WITNESSES: my partner. He was putting wood on the fire and asked me why I kept turning around and looking over towards the garage
OTHER STORIES: no.we moved to Terre Haute. Then later to Arkansas.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was cool and clear. There was a partial moon because we could see the thing standing but not clearly.
ENVIRONMENT: forests and open places. 5 strand barb wire fence 50 or so yards behind house.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Harold Benny:
I spoke with the witness by phone and found her to be credible. They had only lived in the house about three days when the incident occurred, and were not yet familiar with the surroundings. The eight foot tall tree-like object was standing immovable only fifty to sixty feet away in the dim moonlight, but was gone the next morning. Although there were two trails leading to the woods, no footprints were located.
Very close by is Turkey Run State Park. The origin of the name “Turkey Run” is unknown but the most accepted theory is that wild turkeys would congregate in the gorges (or “runs”) for warmth where early settlers in the area would trap them in dead end gorges and hunt them with ease.
Photo taken at Turkey Run State Park –