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DATE: dont remember
COUNTY: Noble County
LOCATION DETAILS: Location: Crooked Tree, Ohio. It's in the SE part of the state.
From Interstate 77, take exit 16, go north on SR821 2 miles to SR339.
NEAREST TOWN: Crookedtree
NEAREST ROAD: SR339
OBSERVED: My encounter was back in 1982. A friend and I were visiting a neighbor lady and were leaving to go home around 10pm.
We had ridden our bikes there. We were pushing the bikes up the steep driveway to the main road when we seen a huge sihouette walk across the driveway opening at the main road. We had both seen it and said, "Did you see that?"
It walked back the other direction, crossing the driveway entrance again. I said, "There it goes again! What the heck was that?"
It reappeared and stopped at the top of the driveway and was looking directly at us. I said, "There it is!", and it grunted at us. We were scared. We dropped our bikes and ran back to the lady's house as fast as we could..
We told her what we saw. She laughed and grabbed a flash light and took us outside. We really did not want to go back out, but we trusted her.
We walked back up the driveway with the lady shinning the flash light everywhere. Nothing. Our bikes still laying where we had seen it. We picked up our bikes. She walked us to the top of the driveway and shined the flashlight in both directions on the road. We took off riding as fast as we could to get home, about a mile away.
We told our parents. And, of course, they said it was a deer or a bear mating or something ... They made jokes about it ...
ALSO NOTICED: We could see when it crossed the driveway that it was very big. Around 7-8ft tall, long swinging arms and appeared to be very thick.
It walked like a man, but what I remember most is that its arms were swinging much further than a persons does.
It must have heard us talking. It walked in the other direction, then back to the top of the driveway, as if it was looking for the source of talking.
OTHER WITNESSES: Myself and a friend [names edited out].
OTHER STORIES: None
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Around 10:30pm, it was clear but very dark, not much moon light or anything. It was hard to see.
ENVIRONMENT: Driveway with a hay field on one side, and a fenced in pasture on otherside of driveway. Across the road was another pasture field.
The area is very rural. Old strip mines and trees everywhere.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Mark Maisel:
I spoke to the witness by phone for forty-five minutes. The following can be added to this report.
The witness saw the animal for twenty seconds. The distance to the animal was approximately fifty feet. During this time he noted the following.
The animal was closer to seven feet tall. The body was "thick looking", with broad shoulders. He estimates the weight to be around four hundred pounds. The head of the animal seemed to be directly connected to the body. No neck was noted.
The arms reached to below the knees. Further information was not available due to the animal being seen in silhouette. He emphasized that the arm swing was in an exaggerated motion while walking.
The grunt sound was short and abrupt. It was also low pitched.
The area had been stripped mined, and the forest has reclaimed the area. Several farms are located in the area as are streams. Deer are plentiful.
Google Earth image of the location:
About BFRO Investigator Mark Maisel:
Mark Maisel is employed in the medical field in Ohio. He has attended the following expeditions: West Virginia, New York Adirondacks, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and North Carolina. Expedition organizer of the 2009 Ohio expedition and assisting with both of Eastern Ohio's in 2012 and Michigan UP 2012. Attended WV 2013