The first time the Mothman was officially reported was in 1966, under the headline Couples See Man-Sized Bird … Creature … Something.
The first sighting, however, was not by a couple, but by five men digging a grave who reported seeing a man-like figure flying low over the area. Reports came in frequently after this, with four people on a double-date reporting that they saw a creature whose eyes glowed red when their car’s headlights picked it up. They claimed that the creature had ten-foot wings and had followed their car for a distance. Two volunteer firefighters also reported seeing the creature, again mentioning its glowing red eyes.
People have reported the creature to be much taller than a normal man, with reports ranging between seven and nine feet tall. It has a head that is set back into its body and no neck, with large wings and eyes that either glow red or reflect in light.
After the 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge, which killed 46 people, sightings of the Mothman ceased, leading some people to believe that the two were somehow connected. Even now, no one is sure if the Mothman was trying to warn people of the bridge’s collapse, or caused it itself.