Consultant: Lucy Brown (with transcriptional assistance by the clerical pool)
Resolution: Resolved and not Resolved
Case Notes: The consultant, Lucy Brown, arrived at the address of Bex Lobb, in Waxhaw, North Carolina, by way of a local Uber provider. The house Ms. Robb occupies serves as both her residence and her place of business, where she does pet grooming. During a brief interview with Ms. Lobb, Lucy confirmed the woman’s account of the mystery cat encounter. Apparently, she also disturbed Ms. Lobb when she spoke to Ms. Lobb’s long-haired chihuahua, Boo.
Lucy then picked up the scent of both a large cat and a strange, unknown creature along the river that passes through the forested land behind Ms. Robb’s property. After an hour or so of tracking, Lucy was set upon by a hunter named Mike Cavendish and his two large, mastiff canines named Bear and Frigga, respectively. Lucy diffused the misunderstanding. They determined that the creature that had been seen in the area was not a deer, but some kind of possibly shapeshifting creature.
They caught the scent again a short time later, and began pursuit. When they caught up with it, it was being confronted by a black panther. A brief scuffle left Lucy and the panther injured, and the shapeshifter escaped. Medical assistance was contacted.
In the days that followed, authorities tracked the panther to a Mr. Orem K. Griesval, a devoted North Carolina Panthers fan and season ticket holder for the past 22 years. The North Carolina Panthers are a professional American Football club based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Griesval, in an attempt to be even more devoted to his favorite team, had three black panthers illegally smuggled into the United Stated and caged in a facility behind his house, about ten miles from the residence of Bex Lobb. Both houses border the same 440-acre forest. One of the panthers, a female, escaped. For the past few years, the female has hunted alone, but must have returned to the enclosure at least once within the past year, as she is now raising two panther cubs approximately 5 months old.
Once Mr. Cavendish explained the situation to the local Fish & Wildlife officers, they agreed to capture the panther and her cubs alive, and transport all three felines to a professional facility for evaluation. Initial observations agreed all the mother and both cubs appeared healthy and sound. The other panthers at Mr. Griesval’s residence were not so fortunate. One had to be put down on the spot, and the other is in recovery from surgery to treat several lesions and other injuries. Mr. Greisval is facing illegal trafficking, animal abuse, and a host of other charges.
Lucy says the creature they fought has a name in the different animal languages, is unknown to humans since it preys only on animals. According to Lucy, it is feeds on the shape of any animal it has bitten. Exactly what this means became impossible to translate. It’s natural form is somewhat akin to a very large possum, but with very little internal structure (possibly lacking a skeleton). Animals tell stories of the Something to scare their young into not wandering off.
Consultant Brown is expected to make a full recovery.
The sightings seem to have calmed down after the panther has been recovered. However, since we still know very little about this "Something", I'm moving this one to Cold Cases in case someone wants to take a second stab at it.
Hadden 'Atrus' Pertwee
"We are the kolbitar, the coal-eaters; we sit by the fire in winter and tell stories of a younger world."