The following account was originally exposed to the public in the Portland Oregonian newspaper, and later recounted by John Green in his 1968 book "On the Track of the Sasquatch". The incident occurred in Southern Oregon, and was investigated by Bob Titmus in 1959. This story is fascinating because it is very similar to the accounts we investigated and I chronicled in my book "Haunted Valley" regarding the many events at or near the Goldammer farm near Yacolt Washington during 1989/90.
Roseburg Oregon- It couldn't have been an abominable snowman, because it was raining at the time, but two boys told police here Wednesday that they saw a 14-foot man-like creature stalking through the woods near Tenmile, about 15 miles southwest of here.
In fact, one of the boys took five shots at "the thing," as officers labeled it. Police didn't name the boys, aged 17 and 12.
The youngsters said they saw "the thing" twice, once last Friday and once Monday. The boys said they saw it from about 50 yards away, described the creature as being covered with hair, walking upright and having human characteristics.
State police Sgt. Robert Keefe, Roseburg patrol supervisor, said the boys related they didn't tell their parents about it last Friday "because we didn't think anyone would believe us."
They went back Monday to the clearing near an abandoned sawmill where they first saw "the thing." Sure enough, it was there again. The older boy foresightedly had taken along a .30 caliber rifle, and fired five shots from less than 50 yards, he told the officers.
"It ran off screaming like a cat, but louder," the youth said.
The youngsters said they then found humanlike tracks 14 inches long. Police looked too. The footprints are large, they agreed. Sergeant Keefe said he had one of his game officers check the tracks. "He said it looked like a bear or SOMETHING THAT RESEMBLED IT. "There isn't any doubt in our mind that it was an old black bear."
But the sergeant's skepticism didn't speak for the hunters of Roseburg, and Thursday afternoon two parties of them were out working the area with their dogs and rifles.
"Besides" added the sergeant in his skepticism, "they said they shot the thing with a 30.06, 180 grain soft-pointed ammunition, I don't know anything that wouldn't stop-unless it would be an elephant." he said.
"It's like I heard one of the guys out there say, "well, gee, I think it's time we telephone the papers and tell them the flying saucers are around here again," Keefe said with a laugh.
But when he asked the boys: "Could it have been a bear?" the boys replied that it couldn't have been; that they had seen bears before, besides, those-brr-r-r-r-footprints showed five toes and no claws. Police said they would continue the investigation.
Bob Titmus was on the scene a few days after the incident, and he found that the newspaper had missed some important points of the story. Only the younger boy had seen the creature on the first day, and the 17 year old he had recruited to accompany him in looking for it again was a hunter, in and out of season, who reportedly always shot deer in the head so he wouldn't spoil any meat.
On the second day the boys saw the animal down below them in a valley and it saw them up on the ridge. It immediately came after them, appearing on their level with startling speed, but then approached them slowly, swinging "outstretched arms as if it sought to herd them ahead of it along the ridge".
They ran, but the older boy paused several times to pump 30.06 slugs into its chest. He could see the impact as they hit the animal, and once it went down until its knuckles hit the ground, but it kept coming and did not seem to lose its composure. They were running and did not see what it did when it stopped following.
Titmus checked the area and found the tracks that confirmed the boy's story of their own and the animal's movements, but the creatures tracks did not quite resemble those he was familiar with at Bluff Creek, and didn't exactly match the boys estimate of the creatures size. The front of the tracks were as big as anything he had previously seen, with five large toes spanning eight inches but the rest of the foot was much narrower than those he had seen in the Bluff Creek area. The length of the tracks measured 11 and one half inches. The tracks sank an inch into the ground in places where his own tracks did not show at all. Going up the hill there were tracks as deep as 14 inches in wet ground where Bob, by jumping down, could only make his heels dig in two or three inches.
In the meadow where the thing was first seen he found a bed area 12 feet in diameter, which had a very strong smell to it.
30 years later and approximately 220 miles to the north, we found very similar behaviors and bedding places near the small community of Yacolt Washington. The details of the two boys encounter and evidence were strongly supported by similar things we found during our investigations near Yacolt.