By far, the majority of Bigfoot sightings involve an encounter with a large humanoid covered with brown, black or gray hair. Witnesses often make a point to specify that the coat of such creatures was distinctly hair, as opposed to being fur. Occasionally, a reddish-haired or blond specimen is also reported. One of the least frequently reported variations, although there are probably enough reports to make calling it “rare” inappropriate, involve the observation of a white Sasquatch. But on March 29 of this year, a woman and her daughter, driving at night on an isolated stretch of Kansas state Highway 61 in McPherson County, had an encounter with just such a creature that was too close for comfort. Making the incident even more notable is the fact that while I do have reports from that particular county in my extensive files, there was not a single Bigfoot observation among them.

There was a farmer tilling a field on the right side of the highway, possibly trying to create a barrier to stop a brush and timber fire that was burning out of control by a period of dry weather. The area was under an open burning ban at the time. Suddenly a large bipedal creature covered with white hair ran out into the road from the direction of the fire, possibly to get out of its path. The daughter screamed, and the driver caught a glimpse of the Bigfoot as she passed it, so close its body filled the window. She estimated that it was about 8 feet tall and the hair was “spiked” as if treated with gel. She is a cosmetologist. One impressive feature was the large black eyes, which stood out in her mind due to their size and contrast with the white hair on its face. It was actually on all fours when first seen, then stood up and ran several steps in an erect position and finally returned to its previous quadrupedal locomotion as it crossed the ditch and disappeared into the darkness.

Adding the pedigree of this incident was a thorough follow-up by an experienced BFRO investigator, Carter Buschardt. I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting him in person, but I have spoken with him on the phone and exchanged emails with him enough to be impressed with his objectivity and thoroughness. He has been especially active in documenting the surprising wave of Bigfoot sightings in eastern Jackson County, Missouri, less than an hour’s drive from Kansas City. Since that was the area I was born and raised in, this unusual outbreak of “suburban Sasquatch” reports has been of particular interest to me.

In this Kansas case, he conducted two in-depth interviews with the reporting witness and felt that she was describing her experience without embellishment. She was obviously startled and somewhat frightened by the encounter, but who wouldn’t be?

The underlying mystery in this case is the true nature of not only this particular specimen but other white-haired Bigfoot as well. They do not appear to be albino individuals, since, to my knowledge, the red eye coloration that is so typical of such creatures has never been reported. It has also been suggested that they are older specimens who have gone through the same change in hair color that humans do, but if so, they get around nimbly enough to make us older folks green with envy. I guess we would then be reported as leprechauns. It seems to me that the most likely explanation is that Bigfoot, like humans, are simply prone to variation in hair color and the possibilities include a limited number of white-haired individuals.

In closing this week, I would like to take a moment to offer some well-deserved praise and appreciation to the many excellent websites, such as the one offered by BFRO, that make it possible to keep up on the latest incidents in the paranormal realm without leaving home. For the senior researchers like me whose age and health makes it impossible to conduct as much direct, in-the-field investigation as we once did, they are priceless. Thank you all, and keep up the good work!

If you have had an encounter with any type of paranormal or unexplained phenomena, no matter where or when it occurred, I would like to add it to my ever-growing files. Send me a complete account, with as many details as you can. Include your name and a telephone number or email address I can reach you at if I need more information. Complete anonymity, if requested, will be observed if your experience is used for publication. Send accounts and comments to samuptegrove@gmail.com. I have a landline telephone now, so you can also call me at (417) 637-6002. Leave a message on the machine if I am not home.

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