Momo: The Mysterious Ape-Like Creature of Missouri

Momo image courtesy of FunWearVm – Remember, descriptions vary and nothing is exact. This is only an imagined depiction of what this cryptid may look like.

Momo is described as a large, bipedal humanoid, with a pumpkin-sized head, about 7 ft (2.1 m) tall, covered in dark hair that emits a putrid odor. Unlike some other Bigfoot-like creatures, Momo does not have a visible face, as its head is covered with so much fur that only its large glowing orange eyes can be seen. Some witnesses also reported that Momo was carrying a bloody dead dog in its arms.


The first reported sighting of Momo occurred on July 11, 1972, when two young boys were playing in their backyard on the rural outskirts of Louisiana, Missouri. Their older sister, Doris, was in the kitchen when she heard her brothers screaming. When she looked out of the window, she saw a massive, dark-haired, man-like creature holding what appeared to be a deceased dog. She described it as having a “pumpkin-shaped head”, and large glowing orange eyes.

Many other sightings followed that year, mostly along the Mississippi River and other waterways. One of the most credible witnesses was Richard Allan Murray, a local fire department chief and member of the city council, who reported driving along a creek bed when he saw a massive upright creature in his vehicle’s headlights. As a result of these sightings, a 20-person posse was formed to hunt the creature but nothing was ever found.

The media soon picked up the story, attracting curiosity seekers and monster hunters from around the country. Some tracks were found and submitted to Lawrence Curtis, director of the Oklahoma City Zoo who deemed them to be that of an unknown primate species. However, after a few months, the sightings became less frequent and eventually stopped altogether.

Possible Explanations

What could Momo be? There are several theories that have been proposed over the years. Some people think that Momo is a real undiscovered animal, possibly a relic population of Gigantopithecus, an extinct giant ape that lived in Asia until about 100,000 years ago. Others suggest that Momo is a misidentified bear or other known animal that was seen under unusual circumstances or had some kind of deformity or disease. Some even speculate that Momo is an extraterrestrial or interdimensional being that came to Earth through a portal or spacecraft.

Of course, there is also the possibility that Momo is nothing more than a hoax or a legend. Some skeptics argue that the sightings were influenced by mass hysteria or cultural factors such as movies or books about Bigfoot. They also point out that there is no physical evidence for Momo’s existence such as DNA samples or clear photographs. They claim that the tracks were either faked or made by other animals.


Momo the Monster is one of the most intriguing and mysterious cryptids of America. Whether it is real or not, it has captured the imagination and curiosity of many people for decades. If you ever find yourself in Louisiana, Missouri, you might want to keep an eye out for this elusive creature. You never know when it might show up again!


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