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COUNTY: Dallas County
LOCATION DETAILS: 1 and a half miles West on County RD. 21
NEAREST TOWN: Orrville
NEAREST ROAD: County Rd. 21
OBSERVED: In July of 1985 on a hot but clear afternoon I was driving home on County Rd. 21 about 1 mile from my home when up ahead I saw these dark figures approach the side of the road. They were standing there in close proximity to each other and as I neared them, all the while slowing down my speed, I could see three distinct and different sized figures.
I've lived in the country all my life. I grew up playing and hiking the whole countryside and I knew the area around my home real well. I have always loved watching animals in the woods but I did not know what to make of these creatures. As I neared them, they appeared to be of various heights, about 2 feet or more, 3 feet and maybe 5 feet or more and all had brown black thick looking shaggy hair all over. I could not see any facial features but they're arms were long for their bodies. They appeared to hesitate as though they couldn't decide what to do as I approached them in my car. All of a sudden they ran across the road in front of me and vanished into the thick bushes and trees on the other side of the road. They did not stoop over but ran upright and with swiftness. I was stunned. They were no animal I had ever encountered before. I started to slow down and get out of my car, but all of a sudden it hit me. I've seen something that can't be explained other than these creatures are not normal creatures. I was spooked and the hair stood up on the back of my neck. I quickly gassed the car and sped home and told my encounters with these creatures to my husband and sons. I will never forget this. I know what I saw and it will always be with me.
OTHER WITNESSES: I was driving and alone.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 2:00 p.m. in July of 1985. A clear summer afternoon
ENVIRONMENT: The creatures crossed the road coming out of a large wooded area and into another wooded area. Not much traffic on this road. There is a small creek nearby where they crossed.There is an old historic wooden church nearby.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Kevin Smykal:
Interviewed witness on 9-10-06.
Wittness also stated that they ran in the same fashion that a human would run, but were very fast. Their hair was described as mainly dark brown, but also having different shades of brown.
They stayed together as a group, at least for the duration of the observation. Witness also stated that there were several occasions when not only she, but also visitors have heard something grunt loudly near her property and then heard something very large running away. They never did see the animal, which they nicknamed "the Sneezer."
About BFRO Investigator Kevin Smykal:
Kevin Smykal is a mechanical contractor in northern Florida.
He attended the following BFRO expeditions:
- 2006 Central Florida (Lake County)
- 2007 Central Florida Private Expedition
- 2008 South Florida Expedition
- He helped organize the 2008 North Florida Expedition and is assisting with the organization of the upcoming 2009 Central Florida Expedition
He helped organize the 2011 & 2012 North Florida expeditions.