Momo the Monster

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Grouping Cryptid
First reported 1971
Other name(s) Missouri Monster
Country United States
Region Louisiana, Missouri

Momo is the name of a local legend, similar to the Bigfoot, which is reported to live in Missouri. The name Momo is short for 'Missouri Monster' and it is reported to have a large, pumpkin-shaped head, with a furry body, and hair covering the eyes. First reported in July 1971, near Louisiana, Missouri by Joan Mills and Mary Ryan, Momo has been spotted up and down the Mississippi River. It is supposedly a large, 7 ft (2.1 m) tall, hairy, black, manlike creature that emits a terrible odor. Some suggest it was a rogue black bear. Following sightings in 1972 beginning at 3:30 pm July 11, first reported by Terry, Wiley, and Doris Harrison, and lasting for about 2 weeks, tracks were found and submitted to Lawrence Curtis, director of the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. He deemed the tracks to be a hoax.[1]

Reported sightings[edit]

  • 1971 - A pack of picnickers reported that Momo came out of the surrounding woods. While they locked themselves in their car, the creature supposedly ate their food.
  • 1972, July 11, Tuesday - Allen Street, Louisiana, Missouri: Terry Harrison, 8, Walley Harrison, 5, and Doris Harrison, 15, see a 6-7 foot tall hairy creature with no neck, holding a bloody dead dog beside a tree in their yard.
  • 1972, July 14, Friday - Richard Bliss, Edgar Harrison, Police Officer Ruffin see two fireballs, hear growls and screams, and smell the strong odor that is associated with Momo.[2][3]
  • 1972, July 15, Saturday - Pat Howard on Third Street at 5 am sees a man-like creature cross the road at Marzolf Hill.
  • 1972, July 20, Thursday - Several witnesses at 10:00 pm near Marzolf Hill smell the stench of the creature, described as "rotting flesh" and "foul stagnant water".
  • 1972, July 21, Friday - The creature is seen again on River Road by Ellis Minor, 63. The creature was 20 feet away when Minor shined a flashlight across it. He described it as having dark black hair down to its chest. No eyes could be seen. The creature whirled around and ran away.
  • 1972, July 22, Saturday - Two plaster casts are made of the monster's tracks and black hair is gathered by Heyden Hewes and Daniel Garcia which were sent to zoologist Ivan Sanderson.
  • 1972, August 3 - Bill and Betty Suddarth hear a high-pitched howl from the front yard of their house located northwest of town in early morning. Tracks are seen in the rain-soaked earth. Plaster casts are taken by Clyde Penrod. The tracks appeared abruptly in the center of the garden and then ended without going anywhere. The plaster casts were displayed at Penrod's Auto Parts at Fifth and Georgia Streets in Louisiana, Missouri.
  • 2015, July 18 - Clubhouse #12 togethernest at the campfire by the Brandt/ Galen families
  • 2015, July 24 - Hair samples found at Oak Ave. in Webster Groves, Missouri
  • 2015, November 8 - Howls heard shortly before sighting of unidentified large creature with glowing eyes cross road near Smallett Bridge, Ava, MO


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  1. ^ Newton, Michael (2005). "Momo". Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology: A Global Guide. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 304. ISBN 0-7864-2036-7. 
  2. ^ Moran, Mark & Scheurman, Mark (2004). Weird U.S. Barnes & Noble Books. p. 124. ISBN 0-7607-5043-2. 
  3. ^ Crowe, Richard (1972). Monster in Missouri. 

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