Hollis, New Hampshire is a relatively small town of 4700 people in 1980 and 43 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. But, in May of 1977 something strange occurred that left witnesses startled. On May 5, 1977 a woman named Regina Evans had her camper shaken by something. The next day footprints 16 inches long by 8 inches wide were found starting at her camper and heading down an old log road.
Two days latter on May 7, 1977 Gerald St. Louis was staying at the site of a local flea market. He woke up and witnessed the creature responsible: “I saw it face to face. It was all hairy, brown coloured and eight or nine feet tall with long arms, long hair. Thank God for the lights, for it apparently startled the creature and it ran towards a fence, about 4½ feet high and jumped over it with ease. I could see it standing there in the distance, just looking at us” Again tracks of 16 inches long by 8 inches wide were found.
Both sightings occurred within a half mile radius of the local flea market. This market occurs every Sunday for the summer (and still does). There’s a local state route 122 that runs by this market, and continues through Hollis into Massachusetts. There are several small ponds off route 122, Rocky Pond and Haydens Millpond, as well as a State Park called Silver Lake. Most of the area is populated, there are some wooded areas by Rocky Pond and Haydens Millpond. This town has now grown to a population of close to 7,000 people, with no new sightings reported. So if the creature was there it was only passing through.
Nashua Telegraph Newspaper archives.