Charles Fort read of the story, but felt it was a fake. Then he tracked Switzer down and corresponded with him, to learn the incident had actually occurred. Other witnesses in due course in the course of further investigations confirmed that the report was true.
Just how a creature without a head could function, I do not pretend to know. Maybe it had a brain somewhere else in its body and perhaps visual organs not discerned by the onlookers. That they sighting actually took place seems beyond doubt.