Area man goes outside, hears noises: From the case files of Matthew E. Milliken

May 5, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken
May 5, 2018

Incident report

Date/time: Tuesday, May 1, or Wednesday, May 2, 2018 — around midnight.

Narrative: I went outside to retrieve a water bottle that I’d left in my car. I was parked across the street, so I had several yards to walk from my front door.

As I ambulated, I heard a noise that struck me as unusual. I looked around and caught a vague glimpse of what appeared to be a four-legged animal scaling down the trunk of one of the large trees that surround the houses in my pocket of the city. The animal briefly paused at a point about 10 or 15 feet from the ground; after a moment, it descended out of sight.

This, of course, is the kind of climbing that squirrels do all the time. But this creature struck me as being both larger and noisier than a squirrel.

I pulled out my phone, turned on its camera flash/light and swung it around, trying to spot and identity the thing I’d sighted. The beam isn’t very strong or focused, however, so I came up empty. 

I grabbed the six-in-one charger that I keep in my car and turned on its light, which produces more illumination than my phone. I played the beam around the area but still couldn’t spot the animal.

Resolution: The incident remains open and unresolved.


Incident report

Date/time: Friday, May 4, 2018, around 3:50 p.m.

Narrative: I was walking from a local coffee shop to my residence. While moving north on a sidewalk toward Guess Road, I approached the property line separating a residence from a business.

I heard some noises originating from the fence near the sidewalk. Once again, these noises seemed to come from some kind of animal, one heavier than a squirrel. I also got the impression, based on instinct more than anything else, that this animal may have been climbing the fence when I first came near it. However, when I turned my head to look for the source of these sounds, I did not notice anything.

Resolution: The incident remains open and unresolved.

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