These amphibious anomalies have shocked and terrified both business men, farmers and police officers and remain one of the most intriguing cryptozoological mysterious in the United States.

One of the most intriguing cases we here at American Monsters have encountered during our many long hours of cryptozoological research is that of the Loveland Frogmen. The story of these unique creatures begins in May of 1955, on a lonely stretch of road that runs along the Little Miami River in Clermont County, just on the outskirts of a small town known as Loveland, Ohio.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., an unnamed business man claimed to have witnessed three, bipedal, quasi-reptilian entities congregating by the side of the road. The man pulled his car to the curb and observed these creatures for what he estimated to be about three minutes.

During this time he noticed that these strange beings stood between 3 and 4-feet tall, were covered with leathery skin, and had webbed hands and feet. Their most distinguishing characteristic, however, was their distinctly “frog-like” heads, which the man claimed bore deep wrinkles where there hair should have been.

Just as the man was about to steal away, one of the creatures suddenly held what the witness could only describe as a “wand” above its head. The anonymous source further claimed that sparks spewed out of the end of this device. Needless to say, he left posthaste.

Thus begins the bizarre legend of the Loveland Frog Men. This tale would be fascinating enough if it ended there, but the two most significant encounters in this case — and indeed two of the most significant encounters in the annals of cryptozoology — were yet to come.

At about 1:00 am., on March 3, 1972 — nearly 17 years after the first report — a police officer (who understandably chose to remain anonymous) was traveling along Riverside Road heading towards Loveland when he saw something that would forever change his life.

The officer claimed that he was driving slowly, due to the substantial amount of ice on the road, when he saw what looked like a dog by the curb.

Suddenly, the animal darted in front of the cruiser, forcing the officer to slam on the brakes in order to avoid a potential collision with the creature. Once the police cruiser came to a halt, its headlights fell upon the prone animal; at this point the officer describes something that seems literally too bizarre to be true.

In the span of seconds this crouched, frog-like creature, stood on two legs, stared back at the police man, then scrambled over the guard rail and scurried down the embankment, finally disappearing into the Little Miami River.

The officer in question described the creature as being 3 to 4-feet tall and weighing in the area of 50 to 75 pounds. He also claimed that its skin had a leathery texture and that the animal’s features resembled those of a frog or lizard. Another officer investigated the scene later that evening. He saw no sign of the creature, but reported that there were distinct “scratch” marks on the guard rail where the animal purportedly crossed.

The second sighting occurred two weeks later while police officer Mark Mathews had an encounter of his own. According to the report officer Mathews, while driving into Loveland, spotted what he believed to be an injured animal lying on the pavement. Mathews climbed out of his cruiser with the intention of removing the carcass from the already ice slicked road, when the creature abruptly lurched upwards into a “crouched” position.

Taken aback by the Frog Man’s Reptilian visage, Mathews unholstered his revolver and took a shot at the creature, which then proceeded to hobble over to the side of the road and step over the guardrail — all the while keeping a watchful eye on the trigger-happy officer. Mathews’ “Frogman” matched the first officer’s description down to the last detail, with the exception of a tail, which was absent in earlier reports.

In the years which have followed these events, Officer Mathews has reneged somewhat on his tale. He now claims that the animal in question was nothing more than a large reptile, which likely escaped from its owner. He further insists that the only reason he shot at the creature was to help confirm a fellow officer’s story — a story which was, of course, being met with predictable skepticism by their superiors.

Whether or not Mathews’ change of heart was inspired by ridicule or the fading memory of an event from which he was 30-years removed, the fact remains that his own testimony counter indicates his later retraction.

Later that same year an anonymous farmer reported sighting four bizarre creatures while inspecting his fields, which were located adjacent to the Little Miami River.

The farmer claimed that the eyes of the Frogmen were large and circular, their skin was a “pale greenish-gray” and, perhaps most disturbingly, that their mouths were wide and filled with sharp teeth. Thankfully, instead of attacking the poor man the mini-monsters stayed true to form and made their escape back into the river, from where they have yet to be seen again.

Arguably the most intriguing aspect of this case is the apparent use of a technological device (the sparking wand) in the earliest reported encounter with these creatures. It has led some investigators to suggest that these beasts many not be just anomalous animals, but intelligent beings — possibly from OUT OF THIS WORLD.

indescribable_octoman_rob_morphy_2015Although there have been no confirmed sightings of the Loveland Frogmen in almost 40-years, the  Ohio River — and it’s tributaries like the Little Miami and Licking Rivers — remain some of the most prolific cryptozoological “hotspots” in the continental United States.In fact the same waters are said to be the home of a bizarre creature known as the INDESCRIBABLE OCTO-MAN.

Although there have been relatively few sightings — in comparison to HAIRY HOMINDS for example — of semi-aquatic creatures like the Loveland Frogmen, the THETIS LAKE MONSTER or the GREEN CLAWED BEAST, investigators should (and hopefully will) continue to look into these benchmark cryptozoology cases.

© Copyright Rob Morphy 2002 — 2015

  • Sandy

    Your information is not completely correct. I lived in the Loveland OH area for many years and am very familiar with both the frogmen legends and the area in general. Your info re the frogmen is correct, and there have also been numerous other sightings over the years, but it is not the Ohio River that runs next to Riverside Drive (not Road), it’s the Little Miami River, which does eventually empty into the Ohio River. The Ohio River is approximately 15 miles south of Loveland.

  • admin

    This is the kind of info we love to get! Thank you, Sandy!

    Just so we can get our information straight, are you saying that the alleged Frogmen encounters took place on the Little Miami River? Also any additional info you might be able to provide us concerning more recent Frogmen sightings would be greatly appreciated! Thanks again, Sandy!

    And anyone else out there who comes across any factual errors or has any new elements to report regarding a specific monster or incident chronicled herein, PLEASE do not hesitate to do so! American Monsters is a constant work in progress and we’re always looking to improve on the thoroughness and accuracy of our reports.

    • Paul Grivois

      This did in fact take place on the ‘Little Miami River’ which runs through Loveland Ohio, Where I was born and raised. I in fact know, or at least knew the Police Officers involved

  • nnnslogan

    In Farscape there is an alien race called the Sheeyang that look similar to this.

  • It is interestingt that there is a verse in the Book of Revelation about three giant frogs – or unclean spirits – coming from the mouth of the Beast – the antchrist. Jesus is doing unusual things in these Last Days to wake people up to the fact that He is returning very, very soon. Satan is busy, too, knowing his time is running out. Satan mocks and mimics God and likes to ‘show off’ so he sends these demonic creatures into our world to frighten and confuse us.

  • Rufus Defibaugh

    I can vouch and say that the Little Miami River can support some big creatures. Mind you, this river system is unique in the sense that it hooks into the Wabash River, the Missouri, the Ohio, the Mississippi, and of course the Little and Big Miami rivers. Me and my dad were out fishing and trapping one year, and hooked an enormous Alligator Snapping Turtle— which is rather odd, considering Alligator Snapping Turtles are usually found down south. However, my own research into the territories of certain animals, showed that in the 1800s-1960s that big populations of such turtles were in Indiana and Michigan, etc. I guess the point is, the river system can support a 200+ pound predator.

    As for the Frogman itself… legends of the Native Americans in the area, always talked of a lizard-like creature that lived in the area. Far as I know of the largest amphibian or lizard in the region is what is known as a ‘Hellbender’ which is a good sized salamander. The potential question, then is, could North America be home to a previously unknown race of giant salamander? The question has been brought up before, when sightings of giant salamanders were spotted in the Rocky Mountains…

  • Kate Stotler

    I grew up in Loveland and this story was a very vivid memory! We used to scare my little sister over this! Great story!