South of Joplin,Missouri
September 27, 1975
High school teacher Steve McFall told Sheriff Joe Abramovitz that he saw an ape-like creature, big and hairy that jumped in front of his car forcing him in the ditch.  [He} described the creature as 7 feet tall, walk[ing] like a man with light colored spots on its face. The area is wooded. A search on Friday night found nothing but there have been other reports by residents of such a monster in the same area.
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