Cryptid Encounter in Stanford: Eyewitnesses Describe a Winged Humanoid in the Cornfields of Kentucky

“He said he could hear its huge wings flapping and watched as it landed on top of the T-post of the last electric pole on the end of our road.”

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word cryptid as “An animal whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated, such as the yeti.”  For the following witnesses to living cryptids, there is no dispute. In this series of National Cryptid Society’s case files, you will read what the witnesses have experienced in their own words. 

Keep an open mind when reading these accounts, and also remember one’s perception and memory of an event can be influenced by the emotions felt at the time of the occurrence. The contributors to this series of articles are doing the best they can to recount what are in some cases very shocking and traumatic experiences.

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Sighting of a mysterious winged creature in Stanford, Kentucky has locals questioning the unknown. Is it a bird? A bat? Or something else entirely?

Location sighting occurred (be as specific as you can, or name the closest city, park, preserve or landmark in whatever state, country, etc): Stanford ky on William Whitley Rd Stanford KY the road is home of William Whitley state historic house and park,.

Date sighting occurred (you can estimate years if you do not have the exact date): Summer , July or August 2018

“My 17-year-old son, Ryder, and my friend Heather were walking to town from our house on William Whitley Rd in Stanford, KY. It was around 1:30 am in either July or August of 2018. They had made it to the end of our road, which is about a quarter mile from our house, when they heard commotion in the cornfield that runs the length of half our road on the opposite side of our house and ends at the end of the road. Ryder turned to see a humanoid figure come running very fast out of the cornfield, then take flight with huge, thin-looking wings. He said he could hear its huge wings flapping and watched as it landed on top of the T-post of the last electric pole on the end of our road. He grabbed Heather’s arm and told her to turn around and look at it. She was already in tears and didn’t want to turn around and see it, although she heard exactly what he did. But he told her there was no way he was going to be the only one to see it. So, as he got her to turn around and look, it went from a standing position on two legs to a crouching position on the top of the post and folded its wings into itself and just crouched there silently, watching them. They both said it looked as though, when standing, it stood around 7 feet tall and had very thick-looking legs and body. But as they were about 1000 to 1500 feet away and it was dark out, they couldn’t make out any facial features, except that its skin looked like a dark gray color. Not knowing what to do and definitely not wanting to turn around and come back home because they would have to move in the direction the creature was in, they had no other option but to turn their backs to the creature and continue toward town. They stood staring at it and it at them for about 2 to 3 minutes, trying to decide what to do before they started walking back toward town. They said the thing never moved, just sat crouched on the pole, watching them until they were finally out of sight of it. The whole time, my son kept looking back to make sure it wasn’t coming toward them. Heather was too afraid to turn back and look toward it.”

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A 17-year-old boy and his friend were walking on William Whitley Road in Stanford, Kentucky when they heard a commotion in a nearby cornfield. The boy then saw a humanoid figure quickly run out of the field and take flight with large, thin wings. The creature landed on a utility pole at the end of the road, where it crouched and watched the witnesses for a few minutes before they continued on their way. The creature was described as being around 7 feet tall with thick legs and a dark grey skin color.

Stanford, Kentucky is a small town located in Lincoln County with a population of around 3,200 people. The area is known for its history, including the William Whitley State Historic House and Park, which is located on the same road as the sighting. The town is situated in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky and has a humid subtropical climate, with hot summers and cold winters. The terrain in the area is mostly rolling hills and the nearest water source is the nearby Dick’s River.

The local wildlife in the area includes white-tailed deer, wild turkey, raccoons, and various species of birds such as the Eastern Bluebird and the Wood Duck. Common vegetation in the area includes Eastern red cedar, White Oak, and various types of grasses and wildflowers.

The closest state park to the location of the sighting is My Old Kentucky Home State Park, which is located about 20 miles away. The park features hiking trails, a golf course, and a visitor center that highlights the history of the area.

In recent years, there have been numerous reports of sightings of a creature often described as a “bat-like humanoid” in various locations throughout the United States. These mysterious creatures are often reported as having a human-like appearance, with a body structure similar to that of a bat. The sightings of these cryptids have sparked curiosity and debate among both the scientific community and the general public.

In recent years, there have been a number of reports of bat-like humanoid cryptids in the United States. Some witnesses have described the creatures as having a wingspan of up to 10 feet, while others have reported them as having a wingspan of up to 20 feet. The creatures have been reported as having a variety of skin colors, including grey, black, and brown.

While the existence of these bat-like humanoid cryptids remains unproven, the reports of sightings continue to capture the attention of the public and the media. Some researchers have suggested that the creatures may be a type of undiscovered species, while others have proposed that they could be a form of supernatural being. Despite the lack of concrete evidence, the intriguing nature of these sightings continues to fuel speculation and debate among cryptozoologists and the general public.


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