Stan – a week after theÂ Incident at Cumberland Sugar Creek CemeteryÂ (June 25th, 2011)Â Â I was contacted by Larry Wilson and we talked about an investigation and findings that he and Chris Mason had been involved in at the cemetery. I asked Larry if he would like to write up a report and allow me to post it here. The following is that report.
Date of Incident
June 28, 2011
Time of Incident
10:30 pm (approximately)
Cumberland Sugar Creek Cemetery (Sangamon County-Illinois)
Witnesses: Larry Wilson,Â Â Chris Mason
On Tuesday evening June 28, 2011,Â IÂ alongÂ withÂ fellow paranormal investigator Chris Mason arrived at the Cumberland Sugar Creek Cemetery in rural Sangamon County near the small town of Glenarm, Illinois a little before 10:00pm.
Chris and I are both paranormal investigators and had previously talked about trying to find the cemetery to check itÂ outÂ for a possibleÂ paranormalÂ investigation.Â Upon finding the location, weÂ decided to do a quick walk through of the cemeteryÂ to see if anything of a paranormal nature was occurringÂ and to check out the cemeteries layout.
WeÂ alsoÂ had heard from other local paranormal sources that a group of paranormalÂ investigators had beenÂ pelted with rocks or dirt clods thrown from the tree line around the cemetery [see Incident at Cumberland Sugar Creek Cemetery].
This occurred less than one week agoÂ and during a paranormal investigation.Â We had also heard of several recent sightings of large tracksÂ or foot printsÂ in the Covered Bridge areaÂ of rural Sangamon County whichÂ is not far from the cemetery.
[see Footprints in Chatham].
ChrisÂ Mason and IÂ both felt thatÂ the throwing of stones sounded like classic Squatch activity and because of this we decided to check the tree lineÂ around the cemeteryÂ to look for possible signsÂ of what may have been throwing theÂ stones at the paranormal group.
This is when we found the following.
In the Southeast corner of the cemetery property and next to an opening in the fence line, we found a mound of fairly soft clay. As we were looking around the mound of dirt, we noticed what looked like a fairly large foot print. Upon further examining the foot print, it was apparent that whatever had been walking there was barefoot. In the same proximity we discovered two other foot prints which were approximately the same size. We estimated the size of the prints to be at least fourteen inches long.Â The foot prints were also barefoot.
One of three Â 14 inch footprints found in soft clay near the southeast corner of Cumberland Sugar Creek Cemetery.
The tracks were headed away from the cemeteryÂ and towards the southeast. Because we had not planned on doing anything more than a walkthrough of the cemetery we did not have our usual camera and lighting equipment with us, so we took several photos of the footprints with Chris Masonâ€™s cell phone camera. We also noticed that approximately 75 feet or so and to the North of the footprints a fairly good sized tree of maybe 3 to 4 inches in circumference had been snapped and bentÂ over. The tree was located nextÂ toÂ but outside ofÂ theÂ fence.
# 1 â€“ location where the three footprints were found in soft clay.
# 2 â€“ location where the tree had been snapped and bentÂ over.
The area surrounding the cemetery is rural, the cemetery itself has a fence around the rearÂ part of the graveyard however theÂ best that we could tell in the darknessÂ is thatÂ it looked like thereÂ was an open field to the rear ofÂ the cemetery andÂ it appeared that on the other side of the open field there may be moreÂ substantialÂ tree coverage.Â But unfortunately due to the darkness and lack of lighting equipment, we could not determine any further details of the surrounding terrain.
We then left the cemetery around 11:00pm.