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COUNTY: Lee County
LOCATION DETAILS: Take Hwy 29 East from Interstate 85 The area is near Halawakee Creek in Lee County, Alabama and is between Hwy 29 and Hwy 280 East.
NEAREST TOWN: Valley
NEAREST ROAD: Intstate 85 and Hwy 29 and Hwy 280
OBSERVED: First of all I would like to say that I am a city girl and educated in medical science and not familiar with such things as Big Foot.
I will say that I moved to Alabama 6 years ago, met and married my husband and he familiarized me with "the ways of the wild"...ie sounds, smells, woods, etc. I learned as much about the outdoors as I could and visit them often to this day.
The experience I am about to share occured in January 2007. My husband belonged to a hunting club and we spent most of our free time enjoying waterfalls and creeks....looking at stars...sitting and talking, absolutely everything slips away when you go into the wild.
We decided not to go to the hunting club this night, but to an old abandoned grave yard. An elderly couple used to go there years ago and keep it clean from debris and weeds but since they died it is grown over. It seems to be such a peaceful place full of history and romance.
We had been there often and this particular night my husband was, to say the least, enebriated, and we were just sitting in the car talking...the moon was very bright and the stars were all out. I kept hearing branches breaking, to my left, I was in the driver seat of the car and my husband was in the passenger seat. I thought it was probably a rabbit or another critter of the night...but I started to get a very creepy feeling...as if I was being watched...I felt this for a time before my husband asked me why I was looking to my left constantly. I simply said I feel like I am being watched and shrugged it off. The feeling did get stronger and I continued to look to my left into the surrounding woods to find out exactly what was giving me this eerie feeling. This went on for quite a while...I also noticed a foul odor but could not pin point it's source..I thought it was my husbands usual bout of, well to put it delicately, indigestion...I eventually saw a very tall figure and told my husband that someone was in the woods and he was standing between two tall pine trees...He thought I was crazy and laughed it off...I never stopped looking and saw this figure sway from side to side...from tree to tree..never approached...never made a sound. I looked for about 5 or 10 minutes before I was just too scared to stay there anymore, so we left.
A similar experience happened to my husband 5 years ago right after I moved here. It is currently posted on this site.
I have been encouraged by Mr. M. Collins to post my experience..throughout this experience my husband never witnessed what I saw. He says he could not see anything out in the dark because of the glare of the dashboard lights (we had the radio on low).
I am not sure what exactly I did see...I just know that I have frequented these woods for years and have never felt like that before...I do not intimidate easily and I was extremely ready to leave that night. I have gone back to the graveyard, but not nearly as often as before the incident. I am always on guard there.
I know I saw something and I don't believe it was a man.
ALSO NOTICED: No..I did NOT go and investigate!
OTHER WITNESSES: No...just my husband but he could not see it.
OTHER STORIES: Yes...another by my husband 5 years earlier about 1/2 mile away and it is also posted on this site.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Between 8pm to 1000pm
ENVIRONMENT: Pine Forest...graveyard..very grown over but the woods did not have lots of growth...only trees and distance between each tree is easily distinguished.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Morris Collins:
The witness is a health care professional. While not a long time outdoors person, she has spent the last few years going into her husbands leased hunting preserve with him. She is no longer comfortable going into the woods or into this area even with her husband and myself. Though her husband was in the car, he was in the passenger seat and the angle and the glare on the windshield from the radio dial light prevented him from seeing what she was seeing.
The witness is quite sure of what she observed. After marking the trees she indentified with tape, and using her husband as a reference (he is 5'11"), the witness feels sure that the creature that she saw observing them was 7 feet tall or at least a foot taller than her husband.
Photos of the area and the trees where she observed the creature have been taken. The distance from where the witness was in her car to the trees she observed the creature is about 15 meters.
While the brush looks thick from the road, the underbrush is quite thin and would allow a fairly large animal to move unobstructed within the tree line. The shape was that of a man but much more bulky and taller. The head appeared to set directly on the shoulders. The witness also recalled a smell similar to rotten eggs during the encounter.
The only other item she recalled was the presence of what she thought was reflected moonlight from what appeared to be eyes. She compared the color to that of a dog with cataracts in appearance.
This area is within about 1000 meters by direct line from an area that her husband had an encounter and within 1000 meters of a power line cut.
I will be trying to bring more BFRO people into this area.
About BFRO Investigator Morris Collins:
Morris holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Auburn University and additional coursework toward an MBA in International Business. He is an avid backpacker and SCUBA diver. Morris attended Georgia 2006, 2008, 2009 & 2011; North Carolina 2006 and SC 2007 expeditions. He is a member of the SE BFRO Tracking Team and has completed a first course in visual tracking.