More Alligator Sightings Reported
Washington PA Observer-Reporter
9 April 2015
Was that a fish, a log or something more sinister? Six additional
people called Southwest Regional Police on Thursday to report that
they did, by golly, spot an alligator in the Monongahela River.
Police Chief John Hartman said the reports were “pretty
definitive,” but all of the sightings had occurred two to three
weeks ago. Hartman said he believes people second-guessed what
they saw until they heard two others reported their sightings
“They didn’t want to come forward because they thought
people would ridicule them,” he said.
He said the sightings extended from Belle Vernon to Allenport and
Police and the U.S. Coast Guard have been investigating the
sightings since Wednesday after two people reported seeing the
alligator in Belle Vernon waters.
One of the witnesses, a fisherman, shined a spotlight on the
creature and claimed he saw its head and tail near the ramp off
Water Street shortly before midnight Tuesday. A second witness
said he was certain that he saw an alligator six to seven feet
long in the river earlier the same day.
Hartman said the issue is unusual, but police are handling it like
anything else and fielding calls of sightings.
“We’ve asked people to notify us if they’ve seen anything
suspicious in the river,” Hartman said.
Anyone who spots the creature is asked to call police at