Charlie Cox was one of several witnesses who reported seeing a hairy, very ugly creature locals have dubbed "Opossum Man." Most of the sightings have occurred in a secluded forest near Webster Springs.
Cox was in the woods Saturday morning when he came upon a very hairy two-legged creature who appeared to be about six-feet tall. Startled, Cox threw a jar at the creature causing it to flee. He pursued throwing rocks at it - one must have hit it causing it to fall to the ground. Cox caught up and upon examining the creature he assumed it was dead. Cox intended on finding his brother, Larry to help carry the animal home, however, when he got only a few feet away, he heard a scuffling noise and turned to see the huge beast dart off in the opposite direction."
"I tell you, that was the ugliest critter I've ever laid eyes on." Cox said, "He looked like one of them banjo playin' kids off of Deliverance. He had beady little eyes and a hairy face. He looked like a two legged possum. He scared the tar right out of me. After I hit him with a rock he fell like I killed him. I kicked him a few times and he didn't move. But by God, soon as I left he was out of there. I reckon he was just playin' possum on me."
There were at least ten reported sightings of The Opossum Man in the Webster Springs area.
Authorities have also reported a 'bad batch' of moonshine in the area with several men hospitalized with alcohol poisoning. Many of the men reported having severe hallucinations.