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STATE: New Jersey
COUNTY: Salem County
LOCATION DETAILS: From the Delaware memorial bridge take rt49 south to Fort Mott road. After about one mile turn left onto Ft Sumpter road. The apartments are at the end of the road. They are still there as of 2004.
NEAREST TOWN: Pennsville
NEAREST ROAD: Fort Sumpter Road
OBSERVED: This happened in the spring of 1975 in Pennsville N.J. This part of town backed up to a wooded area that in turn merged with the wildlife refuge at Finns Point. I lived in an apartment complex that backed up to the woods. I was eleven years old at the time but remember it like yesterday. I was just after dark and I was taking the garbage out to the dumpster. Two friends of mine came running from behind the building in a panic. I ask what was wrong and they said they had seen a huge whitesh covered creature at the edge of the woods. These kids were a year or two younger then me. Me being the older decided to get my fathers 12 volt spotlight and take a look.
As we made our way to the woods about 65 feet behind the nearest apartment, my flashlight caught a pair of glowing red eyes. About fifty feet from the edge of the woods. There appeared to be a large creature on two legs behind a stand of trees. The hair on my neck stood up and we all ran to tell our parents. No one believed us.
ALSO NOTICED: Nothing
OTHER WITNESSES: Yes two boys saw it before me
OTHER STORIES: There had been reports for years of the "white Monster" from the older boys. We always thought they just told us that to keep us away from there tree forts in the woods.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Just after dark 9:00 PM
ENVIRONMENT: Wooded area with corn fields leading to Swamp and heavier woods to the Along the Delaware river
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Mike Aragona:
Spoke with the witness on 1/7/2006 for about an hour. I found the witness to be very credible.
He is now in his forties and resides in another state. He recounted the sighting in detail. He had the following comments to add;
The eyes glowed red when hit with the light beam of the flash light.
He did not stay in the area long enough to make out any facial details. He had the following points to make in reference to the silhouette.
There was no neck. He said it looked like the head was directly connected to the shoulders.
The shoulders where very wide. Much wider then a person and it had an overall large build.
The height was around seven feet. The witness was able to judge this by visiting the exact location the next day. He compared the eye height of the silhouette to a branch six feet above the ground, which the figure was standing behind at the time of the sighting. The eye height was well above this branch.
He did not recall finding any noticeable tracks at the location.
He said he had heard strange screams on occasion, while hunting muskrat along the Delaware River. He also added that he and his friends where frightened out of the woods by occasional sounds of heavy breathing.
The overall area which the encounter took place is mixed woods, a cornfield which backed into a swamp and the Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
About BFRO Investigator Mike Aragona:
Mike is a long time New Jersey resident. He attended the 2005 and 2006 New York Adirondacks Expeditions, the 2006 Ohio Expedition, the 2008 Maine Expedition, the 2008 Pennsylvania Expedition, the 2009 Pennsylvania and New York Expeditions and the 2010 New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania alumni expeditions.