West (Texas) Regional Bigfoot Sightings by Sharon Cornet
Apes Intro | My Son and Nephew's Bigfoot
Sighting Near Las Cruces, NM | EP Times: Some
residents believe in Horizon City's monster | Horizon
City Bigfoot Sighting | "Tailless
Monkey" Seen in El Paso Desert
NOTE: This page was made when Sharon Cornet lived in El Paso, TX (she moved to Washington state in 2010)
I honestly never thought that my paranormal (UFO) investigations would lead to Bigfoot (other than general interest), but after my son's sighting (and my nephew with him, also having heard the creature) it was inevitable that the tide had turned and that bigfoot was now to become a much more commonly spoken of - and sought after - creature in our lives. The Native Americans of this country have many different names for Bigfoot, Sasquatch being only one of them. The Sioux have called Bigfoot "elder brother" or "big brother" and claim that when such a creature is spotted, that major change is about to occur in your life. For us, this could not be more true!
Who would have thought that Bigfoot, who is well known to hide deep in the forests all over the planet, would be seen in the dry southwest desert? But that is exactly where our family's first sighting occurred! I have since discovered, through the help of the Texas Bigfoot Research Center (TBRC) and the Bigfoot Research Organization (BFRO) that there are many other more current sightings in the El Paso regional area, as well as many past sightings, especially in the Franklin Mountains (esp. near Anthony Gap), the Hueco Mountains, south of El Paso in the valley which is more near the Rio Grande river, as well as north towards the Mescalero Indian Reservation and Las Cruces, NM. Bigfoot is rarely thought to wander far from the forest, but it seems that he/she has done so, and on more than one occasion! Possibly even living out in desert caves, in the dryer mountains, or other hidden places.
I am going to include below a number of sightings and reports. Some are from the past and some more recent. All data on dates and locations will be included. Names are given where known or allowed. Please keep reading to the bottom as there is a map where I've plotted approximate locations of Bigfoot sightings. This page will continue to be updated as new information arrives and is placed here. Some of these can be found on the TBRC or BFRO websites as well. All sources are listed. It's all rather fascinating! Read on....
My Son and Nephew's Bigfoot Sighting Near Las Cruces, NM
Submitted by Sharon Eby & Investigated by TBRC
Submitted by witness on Wednesday, December 5, 2001.
DATE: Nov. 24, 2001
STATE: New Mexico
NEAREST TOWN: Las Cruces, NM, just north of El Paso, TX.
OBSERVED: We were camping for Thanksgiving week. There were 3 adults, 2 teenagers and 2 small children. My 14 yr old son was outside in the night getting me something from our SUV when he turned to see what he described as an 8' tall humanoid shaped figure walking south in the half-moonlight. He had no flashlight to look closer but when he saw it/him/her (I'll just call it an "it") he got scared and ran into the trailer where we all were. The weather was fairly cold (just a little above freezing if I remember right) and it was just after a sandstorm had passed through the two days before. All was clear with few clouds in the sky that night. Once inside he told us and we laughed and thought he was joking so we suggested that perhaps, because of it's size, that it was Bigfoot. I have a friend who knows/knew some people and had heard of at least 4 Bigfoot sightings in the El Paso Franklin Mountain area over the last decade or so, especially in the "Anthony Gap" pass on the north side of the Franklin Mountains outside of El Paso... so anyway, it was not unheard of to know of Bigfoot sightings in the desert even though they usually live in forested areas. We have, within an hours drive of there, many forested and wooded areas in the mountains all over New Mexico and it is not a far reach to think they would roam outside their territory on occasion... especially in the dark of night.
So after we got a good laugh my nephew, age 18, took his flashlight and they stood just outside the trailer looking to see if they could see this 8' tall figure my son claimed to have seen. Just then, although they didn't see anything, they heard a very large growl, like a warning sound or angry sound type growl, along with a shuffling of the dirt, or digging of the dirt with a foot(?) which reminded my nephew of a bull scraping the dirt with it's foot just before it runs towards you. The boys both freaked out completely and ran inside the trailer falling down and slamming the door behind them all at the same time. They were yelling and absolutely CONVINCED that whatever it was that was outside made the growl. I asked a series of questions, still not believing that they weren't trying to fool us, and I could plainly see that Derek was totally freaked out and absolutely unwilling to go outside anymore. He was truly afraid... it was then that I realized it was real. I suddenly got this feeling that we were in danger, although I had not heard of a Sasquatch /Bigfoot attacking anyone before (except once when the stupid people threw rocks at one).
We just stayed inside peeking out the windows with flashlights trying to see anything but alas, no such luck... but then perhaps, because of the growl, it was for the best that we didn't see anything. After a while I felt the danger feeling pass and all was ok, even though we all locked the door to the trailer and our friend (who sleeps in his car) locked his car during the night. The boys drove back to Las Cruces to spend the night because they were too afraid to stay and my nephew had to work the next morning.
PHYSICAL EVIDENCE: We didn't check the area until the next morning. Due to the winds still being up a bit and also the entire area we were camping at being pure sand (blowing sand at that) there was nothing left of footprints or evidence left behind.
OTHER STORIES: Just from the friend who knows/knew some people and had heard of at least 4 Bigfoot sightings in the El Paso Franklin Mountain area over the last decade or so, especially in the "Anthony Gap" pass on the north side of the Franklin Mountains outside of El Paso
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 9 pm, near freezing temperature.
ENVIRONMENT: BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land, hilly, mountainous, rocky/sandy/desert. All BLM land which is free range lands, cattle and other animals graze sometimes as there was plenty of old cow patties around the land. A popular area for people who go mountain biking, ATVing, 4 wheeling, etc. during the daytime only. No one was around or camping even except us. Nearer the highway there a some scattered homes and ranches and a food factory, otherwise it's a hilly and mountainous area, although mostly desert vegetation.... not typical for a Bigfoot area, but still we have no other "logical" answers at this time due to what happened.
SIGHTING LOCATION PHOTO:
INVESTIGATOR'S COMMENTS: There were five witnesses present during the sighting. Two witnesses were involved. The temperature was near freezing. There was moonlight with very few clouds. The terrain is desert with ravines.
The two witnesses were a 14 year old and his 18 year old cousin. They were camping with his mother, Grandmother, and a family friend, and two small children. I talked to the 14 year old and his mother on two different occasions. Both were very accommodating. The mother's report had not changed from the written report submitted to our website.
The 14 year old went outside of the camper to get some soft drinks from the car. As he approached the car he saw a black, large figure walking on two legs through a ravine. The figure appeared humanoid. He could not make out any facial features or any other details. He could tell that the figure was approximately 8' ft. tall. He guessed this because the ravine the creature was walking in was 10 ft. deep.
After the sighting, his cousin, with a flashlight, walked back out with him to investigate. The creature was no longer in sight. After a few minutes, a long, loud growl was heard along with a digging sound. The digging sounded more like what a bull/buck would do with his hoof against the ground when angered. The sound of the growl was both of anger and intimidation. Both boys ran back into the camper trailer very much upset. The remaining witnesses that were inside the trailer, could tell the boys were very serious and frightened.
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After that sighting we thought no more of it until summer of 2003 when an article came out in the El Paso Times newspaper... at that point I was DETERMINED to find the witness and talk with her myself! That proved to be much harder than I had imagined, but thankfully the Journalist from the El Paso Times was MOST helpful and contacted the witness for me, who in turn contacted me. Below is the actual article that was posted in the El Paso Times. After this article is my own follow-up and served as my induction into the TBRC.
It was the article above which spurred my interest into investigating the case of this El Paso/Horizon City sighting. Thanks to Adriana Chavez of the El Paso Times the witness called me on my cell phone AFTER we had been all over Horizon City (east of El Paso) looking for her, checking out the area and making notes on the area, terrain, and bodies of water, double-checking with locals, speaking with people at Lake El Paso (what used to be called Shadow Mountain Lakes), and even checking with local police and city officials. Thank goodness for small favors!
I made an appointment with the witness, Cecilia Montanez (real name withheld by request) and took along my nephew Derek Eby, who has been my partner in investigations (UFO's, Marfa Lights, etc.) many times in the past, and his girlfriend (name withheld). We interviewed Montanez at her home, took pictures of the area, and recorded the interview on videotape. As you can see below, my investigation of this particular case brought up some interesting aspects that wasn't covered in the original Times article! My additions in purple below...
Submitted by field investigator (Sharon Eby) on Saturday, August 23, 2003.
DATE: August 04, 2000
COUNTY: El Paso
NEAREST TOWN: Horizon City, a subdivision of El Paso
NEAREST WATER SOURCE: Lake El Paso
OBSERVED: The witness was traveling southwest on Eastlake Blvd just before noon. Her granddaughter (8 yrs old) was with her in the front seat, too short to see through the window and not looking outside anyway. She said that even later she was too busy WATCHING the creature to tell her granddaughter to look. She saw up ahead about three or four blocks distance from her (note that there are not actual "blocks" shown by roads and that this distance is the witness' estimation of distance) a large hairy creature leaning over something on the ground. It instantly stood up and walked with a STRAIGHT back on two feet towards the desert to the west, perpendicular to the road. Sighting occurred on west side of the road, and the creature was standing three feet from the road. Desert stands far to the west and north of this area starting at the road. NOW there are housing developments across the street and SW about 1 block away. During 2000 the nearest homes were not that close (but still within sight).
The creature did not appear to notice her or her vehicle and walked casually away, swinging its arms naturally while walking up and over a sand mound. Upon going down over the back side of the sand mound it seemed to slightly "jog like a guy" down the hill and keep going down and down until it disappeared. She said that it seemed as if it went down into a cave into the desert even though she (the next day) could not find a cave entrance in the area (she figured perhaps it had a trap door of some kind). Creature was last seen approximately 50 feet or so original spot before disappearing "into the ground." She said that she had seen the creature for perhaps 30 seconds or so total as she was driving and reaching the destination, where she stopped the vehicle.
She reached the destination of where the creature had been crouching when she first saw it and noticed that there was a dead coyote where "he" (the creature) had been before he got up to walk away. The coyote was laying on its left side with a hand-sized FRESH blood smear on it's right side. She did not see any bite marks on the carcass. Nor did she get out of the vehicle at all. She noticed the coyote's head was severed CLEANLY as if by a knife or other instrument and tossed approximately 10-15 ft to the west (into the desert away from the road) and that NO BLOOD was present anywhere on the neck (neck cut looked shiny as if glistening, and was a light pinkish color with no blood at all) and no blood was present (other than the smear) on the carcass, nor on the ground. She did not feel safe enough to get out of the car and finally drove away.
DESCRIPTION: Creature appeared to be 7-8 feet tall, perhaps 300-350 lbs (a guess), wide at shoulders, slim at the hips, horizontal-looking muscles flexing between shoulder blades, dull (not shiny) & faded maroon short hair (uniformly short), and much rounder (more bulbous) at the back of the head than shown in the artist's depiction drawing, she said. It appeared to have small but pointy-like ears(?) and an ape-like but bulldog shaped mouth (but longer, not squashed). She also said that the legs and arms in the artist's depiction were not right, that in the drawing they looked "too human" and were more "ape-like." She did not get a good look at the creature's eyes or facial expressions and had seen his profile (right side) only, but his neck was short and wide.
PHYSICAL EVIDENCE: She and her husband and another man-friend came back the following day to check out the area and the sighting location, but the carcass was gone, no cave was found and no more creatures were seen nor were any footprints found as the desert there is sandy and the winds come and go. She did notice that her husband and friend (they are 5'-10" and 6'-2" tall) looked very short compared to how the creature looked standing in the same area. After this incident she immediately followed up by going to the library to see if there was any other information available on such creatures seen in the desert there, and started talking with people in the area. She found out some interesting stories that seem to correlate to hers which I will share in a separate email/submission after some follow-up visits and phone calls are made.
OTHER STORIES: Yes, she had after that (about October 2002). She had been driving home about 9pm at night. It had been sprinkling rain and as she turned the corner to the SW (her house is 3 doors from the corner on the S side of the road) she noticed that a creature of great height was standing in the entryway of her next door neighbor's house (house was NE of hers). The creature appeared to have same shape and build as the one she had previously seen in the desert and his eyes appeared to glow red (similarly how cat's eyes glow in the dark). The creature walked upright in front of the house, then fell down on all fours and ran QUICKLY (like a blur) up the street, around the corner (to the SE) and into the desert. NOTE: Homes are being built just a few blocks SE of Montanez's house, but it is open desert beyond that. To the NW of her subdivision her home is 5 blocks from the edge of the desert also. The area is expanding quickly from the SW towards the NE.
SOUNDS HEARD: No sounds associated with either sighting above, however she was once taking the trash out at night to her backyard (she had just lifted the trash can lid), by the back rock wall (pine trees line the edge of the wall) and she heard a DEEP growl like warning noise! She said it did not sound like anything or any animal she had ever heard before and sounded like it was made from deep within the chest. This sound correlates to the same type of sound that my nephew and son heard north of Las Cruces, NM in 2001 that scared them so badly. After hearing the sound, she went inside the house immediately. Nothing was seen. No odors were smelled. This noise happened June of 2003 towards the beginning of the month between 8:30 - 9:00 pm just after it got real dark.
ODORS: No odors any time. She was in her car for both of the sightings with windows rolled up.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 11:45 am, sunny day, no wind.
ENVIRONMENT: No farms, but many cattle ranches nearby, and subdivisions are fairly new.
INVESTIGATOR'S COMMENTS: Approximately 3 blocks northeast of Darrington on Eastlake Blvd in Horizon City (El Paso address). Sighting occurred on west side of the road, and the creature was standing three feet from the road. Desert stands far to the west and north of this area starting at the road. NOW there are housing developments across the street (Eastlake) and SW about 1 block away. During 2000 the nearest homes were not that close (but still within sight).
Lake El Paso is the closest body of water, further northeast several miles up Horizon Blvd. Witness also mentioned that below that is a watering pond on a cattle ranch 1 mi before Lake El Paso to the NE.
Terrain: Desert with sandy mesquite mounds all over, cacti.
Sighting Report 2/13/04
Additional Source: http://texasbigfoot.com/ElPaso2.html
"Tailless Monkey" Seen in El Paso Desert
Some articles and reports/sightings have been removed from this page 12/5/2019
(c) Sharon (Eby) Cornet 2011