Famous Cases | Historical Tales | Vampires | Zombies
Base: Enumclaw, Washington
Date/Time: February 20 through February 22, 2009
Incident: I reside in a rural community at the base of the Cascade foothills. My home is out in the country with woods bordering the north side of the property. At about 7:30 p.m. on February 20 the entire area was overwhelmed by an extremely foul stench. I recognized it to be the smell of decomposing flesh (the last time I experienced this smell was when I killed a possum and failed to properly bury it). Moments after noticing the smell I heard a series of snaps and shuffling noises roughly 25 meters in the woods. Right away, I thought, "zombie."
I proceeded to load up my AR-15 and head cautiously into the forest to locate the source of the smell and movements. However, I did not venture very far into the woods due to the darkness, limited line of sight (even with my surefire weapon light) and lack of backup (number of possible OPFORS unknown). I withdrew from my search after about 20 minutes.
Over the next few days I returned to the forest during the daylight, where I encountered the pungent odor numerous times in different locations. The entire area was heavily overgrown with blackberry bushes and numerous game trails, and I was unable to make contact. I did not hear movement during the daylight; only at night did whatever roamed the woods seem active. After a few days, the smell and momements coming from beyond the treeline dissipated, with only a few drag marks left behind in small patches of dirt.
As the current rookie member of the Washington Assault Team, I plan on monitoring the forests and in the future setting up an infrared gametrail camera around the area of the drags. Will update as intel changes.
Comments from Dr. Pecos: The blackberry bushes made me think of bears, but that doesn't explain the smell of decomposition. Did you notice any human footprints? Since zombies tend to lose function on one side of their body first, they will often leave behind a combination of footprints and drag marks.