I will present this report in two parts as it consists of the full testimonies of both witnesses involved.
Yuri and Samantha
B.C. FILE # 10196
LOCATION: Highway 97, Just north of McLeese Lake General Store
TIME: Approx 4:00 am
DATE: Friday, January 22, 2016.
REPORT BY: Thomas Steenburg
What follows is a transcript of two interviews with two witnesses whom reported encountering a possible Sasquatch at 4 am, Friday, January 22, 2016. This encounter accrued a few km north McLeese Lake, on Highway 97; at times a lonely stretch of road. The tow truck driver, Yuri Seterengen, and his girlfriend, Samantha Godwin, have not requested confidentiality concerning this case.
Hello, did you phone me around noon today?
Yeah I did. I saw you on TV there, and my girlfriend and myself had a sighting a few nights ago.
Do you have time right now to talk?
Sure you bet.
Could you state your full name please?
Where are you residing, Yuri?
I am calling from Williams Lake B.C.
Williams Lake? Is that close to where this happened?
Yes it is. Its about, 45 minutes away.
STEENBURG NOTE : At this point in the interview we talked a bit as I was trying to pin point where on Highway 97, this actually occurred. Both witnesses reside in Williams Lake, British Columbia.
You were driving just north of McLeese Lake when this happened?
We were called out to tow a large truck. Broken down. I was driving one of those big rig tow trucks. I brought my girlfriend with me.
What’s her name?
You were on a call? You are a tow truck operator?
Yes. We were hooking up the Tow truck, like the driver of the truck had left as the box had been hooked up to another truck so he was long gone.
STEENBURG NOTE: Yuri started to rattle off the whole story at this point but there were a few more details I wanted to hear before getting into it.
Yuri, your present phone number is (withheld from written report)
Yes, it is.
What is your present mailing address?
(withheld from written report)
Where on Highway 97 did this occur?
Just outside of McLeese Lake.
What date did this take place?
On the 22nd, (January 2016).
22nd of this month?
STEENBURG NOTE: This interview was done on Friday, January 29th, 2016. One week later.
Was it night or day?
Early morning hours. So night, around 4 am.
It was still dark out?
Oh, yes. It was still dark.
Well, I was out. We were both out, we were hooking up the rig that was going to be towed. She told me saw a large, you know, a large human-like creature? I was joking with her; I said, “well, that would be a Sasquatch – ha, ha”. You know, kinda not taking her seriously. I come up from the truck and I hear the weird sounds? (I hear someone talking to Yuri in the background). It was walking right along the highway. I was unfamiliar with the sounds so I jokingly say to her, “ maybe that was your Sasquatch”. (Yuri still had not seen the subject at this point) She actually got scared and went back in the tow truck. So, I finished hitching up the rig, I took about half an hour, and just as I was turning around I looked over my shoulder, I see this, Sasquatch? And, like this was so fast, that it just disappeared back into the shadows. It was kind of like it had an interest in what we were doing? You know the lights on the tow truck. She (Samantha) got back in the tow truck when we started hearing those sounds. I don’t know? She saw it when it was walking on the highway so she can describe it better? I only got to see it for a second but, she heard me yell when I saw it, over my shoulder, I kind of got brain fever, (Hesitated) a couple of seconds, then I thought to see if I could fined a footprint, and I got about 30 feet in front of the tow truck, thought better of it. But what I saw was identical to what she saw. Like what I saw was light brown hair, when it was in the light it appeared shinny? But when it hit the shadows it was gone? The way it moved, it was so fast. (Again I can hear a female voice in the back ground talking into his ear), I can let you speak with Samantha for a second as she saw more of it then I did.
If you don’t mind, I will speak with you first, then I will speck to her?
Describe the area in which this took place?
High way 97, the lone highway up through the interior of BC. There are railway tracks there. On the other side, (West side), The Fraser river runs parallel to all that. Kind of sparse, not much wooded area, but on the other side of the tracks it is mountainous with lots of trees.
Did this happen on the east or west side of the highway?
This was on the east side of the highway.
The east side is where the trees are?
Yes. But when she saw it it was on the west side of the highway. And when I got a glimpse about a half hour latter, it was on the east. So it would have had to cross the highway. T hats what gets to me, it must have been intrigued by what we were doing? Like the orange truck lights flashing and stuff like that, I mean to be there the whole time like that ? That sounds really odd?
Was there snow on the ground?
Yeah there is snow. I actually went back to go try to find some tracks. Like I said it was raining that night, so I don’t know?
How much snow?
Well its been so warm here. Its been a warm winter, Raining so much there is not much left now. Just batches of snow, and most of what was here that night is now gone.
What distance would you estimate you were from the thing when you saw it?
When I saw it? It must have been about 30m or 40m. It was so brief, but I know what I saw. It just moved so fast.
What was your first impression?
I thought to myself, ‘No I didn’t just see that’, I didn’t know what to think. Then I yelled to her, (Samantha), I am still having a hard time, grasping it, Ha Ha.
What was it doing?
Well it was walking, like non saliently, she, (Samantha) could see how long the hair was, from it’s arms and everything, like when cattle is walking, like there was a structure to it
What was it doing when you saw it?
What was it doing when you saw it?
I just saw it for a fraction. I think what happened, it saw me turn around, and it wanted to get out of sight of me. I just saw the back of it, poof it disappeared right back into the shadows.
Did it stand and walk upright?
Yep it appeared to be upright. You could see it’s arms, you could see everything.
Steenburg Note: At this point I could here Samantha talking in the background saying that the subject was hairy. I told Yuri that I would talk to her about what she saw after I talked to him.
Hairy. She says it was real hairy.
I will talk to her about what she saw. Right now I will talk to you.
Did it ever go down on all fours?
Did it ever go down on all fours? What you saw, not what she saw?
I didn’t see it go down on all fours, I just saw it for a second. But it didn’t appear to be on all fours, but she was giving it for the shadows.
Did it seem to be hairy?
Yeah, light, light brown, like it was shinny? I couldn’t be leave how shinny the hair was. It was such a light brown color. Nothing like the pictures on line?
What color did you say it was?
Light, light Brown.
STEENBURG NOTE: It was lightly raining at the time of this incident so I wonder if it appeared shinny do to combination of a light brown color, wetness, and the tow truck area flood lights?
How tall would you estimate it was?
Oh I couldn’t even give you a estimation.
If that’s the case, then that’s what I wont to hear. How heavy do you think it was?
I just saw it from the back breafly. But I would guess 4 to 500 pounds.
Did you notice any facial features?
No I didn’t. No.
Any details of the arms?
Could you tell if it was male or female?
How long do you think you saw it for?
I saw it for maybe a second.
I assume it did see you?
That’s why, I think that it ran for shelter, because I was turning around.
That was my next question. What was it’s reaction?
Ha, ha, it bolted.
Did it make any noise?
Well I heard noises before, but I wrote those off.
What noise did you hear before?
It’s hard to describe. Not like a dog, more like an elk? I don’t know.
Did you have the impression that the noise was meant for you?
It must, I believe so now. I believe we had it’s attention, and it was making this noise at us, like it was really curious about what we were doing?
STEENBURG NOTE; The noise was heard by Yuri after Samantha had told him about what she had seen, but before he saw what he saw. In fact when the vocal was first heard he called out to her as she was now sitting in the cab of the tow truck. “I guess that might be your Sasquatch” with a laugh to himself.
Did you smell anything before, during or after?
No. Nothing like what I read about on line, you people describing a pungent Oder or anything like that. This looked at lest to me like, well groomed for lack of a better word.
Are there ay physical characteristics of the subject which stands out in your memory?
What do you mean?
Anything about it’s physical appearance which you remember but we haven’t talked about?
No. I didn’t get to see it for long enough, I just got a glimpse of it.
Did you check for footprints later?
I did. A couple of days later.
On the 23rd or the 24th?
We went back on the 26th.
STEENBURG NOTE: They did find impressions is some of the snow patches which remain on the ground but rain and warm temperatures had reduced them to the point of being useless. Also no photos were taken.
Did you report what you saw?
Well I didn’t know who to report this to?
Not to the R.C.M.P?
No. I didn’t, no.
How old are you Yuri?
Do you ware corrective lenses?
No I don’t. I have 20/20 vision.
I take it your girlfriend, (Samantha) is the only other witness?
Looking back, what do you think it was?
I honestly believe it was a Sasquatch.
Do you wish to remain confidential?
No. It does not matter to me. One or two people out there will believe us as they have seen things to. I am not to worried about what people think.
If you two have time I would like to talk with Samantha now?
PART 2 of this investigation will be posted in a few days.