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COUNTY: Clay County
LOCATION DETAILS: This was near the first bridge on 215 after it branches off of Hwy. 21 south, Blanding Blvd.
NEAREST TOWN: Middleburg
NEAREST ROAD: Hwy. 215
OBSERVED: This report was written by me, investigator David Wright, on behalf of a young witness, who was in my presence, answering questions, when this report was documented.
Two teenage boys, ages 15 and 16 were going into the woods to play paintball. They dropped off their bikes at a bridge that goes over this creek and started into the woods. Just as they entered the woods, they saw something moving and making noise in front of them and saw this gigantic, upright black creature run across the trail in front of them. They saw it for about 5 seconds. It looked at them as it ran, and when it saw them, it accelerated and ran up a 5' steep drop and disappeared into the woods. They both thought it was a very tall, naked dark human being. That's all they could think of to interpret what they saw.
ALSO NOTICED: Just recently, they were in there and heard two legged walking in the brush close by, but didn't see anything, since the leaves are now on the trees.
OTHER WITNESSES: Two witnesses. They were just going into the woods.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: The sighting occured around midday. It was a clear and hot day.
ENVIRONMENT: Woods with a stream nearby.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator David Wright:
Interestingly, I heard of this incident from a third party and therefore had the opportunity to interview both of them cold, before they knew of BFRO, and even before they knew they would be contacted. The witnesses are 15 and 16 years old. I contacted the first witness, and interviewed him, and found him to be quite credible. He was still excited about the 6 month old event. I contacted the second witness immediately thereafter and interviewed him the same day. I met him at the site of the incident, and he showed me exactly where everything occurred.
The area is a narrow riverine bottomland, on the small flood plain of a creek that could be easily waded by a human. It is wooded with native hardwoods along the creek, and pines on the higher topography on each side.
Their report of the location is accurate.
As they entered the woods, they heard noise, and both looked up simultaneously to see a very large, black biped run across their path at a distance of 75 feet (measured).
The path that the creature covered, as they saw it, was about 60 feet long. Directly behind the creature on its path when it came into view, is a steep, deep stream gully. It seems therefore that the creature was likely not already at a full run when they saw it, but may have been startled by them, and fled. As the creature crossed their path on a run, it turned and looked at them, accelerating, and one-stepped a 5' berm above the creek's flood plain, and disappeared into the woods. Neither witness distinguished facial features, only both saying that it was "all black". It had longish black hair covering its body. Neither witness described the hair further. One said the head seemed small for the body, or for the shoulders, and neither noticed visible ears. Both described it as "BIG". Both witnesses described long arms and a long, smooth gait. The witness that took me to the site showed me the approximate height of the creature on a tree, and it was 7.5' to 8' tall.
About BFRO Investigator David Wright:
- Certified Florida Master Naturalist (U. of Florida)
- Visual Tracker, Level 1
- Teaches Biology, A.P. Biology, Ecology, and Environmental Science at a rural high school SE of Jacksonville
- See local TV interview with D. Wright
- Participated in the 2007 Private Florida Expedition [Click the video link on that page.], the 2007 South Carolina Expedition, the 2008 South Florida Expedition and assisted with the organization of the 2008 North Florida Expedition. Assisted with the organization of the 2009 Central Florida Expedition.