A very dear lady to me lost her battle with cancer on May 30th, 2017.
I first met Vera after herself and another dear friend of mine, Christina, came to my home to tell me of a strange creature Vera had encountered just outside her home on the afternoon of September 21st, 2011. She had come outside to see why her next door neighbors’ dogs were barking so much when she caught sight of something strange just behind the tree line which separates her home with the railway tracks. The details of this encounter I have already published (Steenburg File# 10173).
After the two had stared at each other for about 30 seconds, which seemed much longer to Vera, the subject simply walked away from her down the rail line towards, what was locally known as, Crazy Creek. She never saw it again. She then contacted Christina and told her about what she saw, and it was Christina whom told her to talk to me; which we did the following evening.
At first Vera didn’t want any word of her account getting out and, in fact, when I went to investigate at the sight, she told the locals that I was there to look into a Mountain Lion she had seen. At the time she was a foster mom and was afraid that if word got out that she had seen a possible Sasquatch that might be used against her.
But over the years as we got to know each other she relaxed a bit over the whole affair and took part when I asked in radio and television documentaries on the the subject and had even come along with me on few day expositions. One such Radio show was titled ”Footsteps’ and aired in 2015. Some of the TV programs were: ‘BC is Awesome’ which aired in 2016; ‘Finding Bigfoot’ when they filmed up on the Chehalis Reserve in 2015; and ‘Red Earth Uncovered’ which was filmed in the fall of 2016 and is due to air in 2018. It is a program of First Nation perspective, and Vera being of First Nation birth herself, I felt was a natural choice for their Sasquatch episode.
Vera lost her battle with Cancer on May 30, 2017 passing away at the Mission General Hospital with her family there with her.
I will miss her.