Momo The Missouri Monster

Momo is another of the localized names given to hairy bipedal creatures sighted in specific geographic locations much like the Jersey Devil. 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. Reports of hairy half-human creatures in the area of Louisiana, Missouri (pop. 4,600), had circulated since the 1940s, and in July 1971, Joan Mills and Mary Ryan allegedly encountered a hairy half-ape, half-man on River Road near Louisiana. 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. 
On July 11, 1972, at about 3:30 P.M. on a relatively sunny day near the outskirts of Louisiana. After Terry Harrison and his brother Wally had gone off to look at some rabbit pens at the foot of Marzolf Hill, their older sister, Doris, who was inside, heard a scream. Looking out the bathroom window, she saw a creature standing by a tree, flecked with blood, with a dead dog under its arm. Doris and Terry described it as six or seven feet tall, black, and hairy. Its head and face were covered with hair, and no neck was visible. It "stood like a man but it didn't look like one," Doris said. It soon waddled off, still with the dog under its arm. The Harrisons's own dog grew violently ill and vomited for three hours.
Neighbors told of dogs that had disappeared.

On July 14, terrible odors emanated from the sighting area, and the children's father, Edgar Harrison, heard eerie howls as he and investigators prowled the site.

On July 21, Ellis Minor, who lived on nearby River Road, heard his dogs bark; thinking it was another dog, he flashed a light out in his yard, then stepped outside to observe a six-foot-tall creature with black hair. It was standing erect in his yard. Shortly thereafter, it dashed into the woods. After two weeks, the scare-which had attracted national attention--ended. It triggered a media frenzy. Television and newspaper journalists from across the nation descended on the small town.

On August 3, 1972, Bill Suddarth and his wife found some narrower, three-toed tracks in their garden after hearing a high-pitched howl.

Similar creatures, reported throughout the Midwest and eastern United States and Canada, are often referred to as "Eastern Bigfoot." But in temperament, overall descriptions, body build, and the clear lack of similar facial features, these non montane, unknown hairy hominoids seem unlike the Pacific Northwest's classic Bigfoot/Sasquatch, and may be a hybrid of these classic Neo-Giants and the Marked Hominids.


Cryptozoology A-Z by Jerome Clark;

Mysterious Creatures: A Guide To Cryptozoology by George M. Eberhart;

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Mysterious Creatures: A Guide To Cryptozoology by George M. Eberhart page 349

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