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COUNTY: Marion County
LOCATION DETAILS: Located in the Florida Highlands off of State Road 200.
NEAREST TOWN: Ocala
NEAREST ROAD: State Road 200
OBSERVED: It was the summer of 1993, and I was five years old. I know my age at the time seems discouraging, but I know what I saw, and I can recap the whole thing like it had happened yesterday. It was a late evening and my family and I were playing around in the living room of our single wide. I went down the hallway to the back bedroom. That was my bedroom at the time and my brother and I kept our toys in there. We had one smaller window and beneath that is where we kept our toy chest, and in front of it was a chair. I went into the room, sat on my legs in the chair and opened the toy chest. I grabbed all kinds of legos, and after I had grabbed the last lego that I could have possibly held, I sat up straight and there in the window were two piercing red eyes. I just stared at them. My arms let go of the legos and they dropped back into the chest. I stared at those eyes for minute and than ran down the hallway. I had no idea what it could have been. I yelled over and over again that there was a wolf in my window. But my parents just assured me that it was probably the dog next door.
Okay, we lived in a mobile home meaning it was on blocks, and no dog, even on their hind legs could peek into the window. That window was set high off the ground. And it wasn't like it was eyes looking from below. These eyes were in the middle of the window, so whatever it was had to have been tall enough to be able to look in. They were like human eyes but not quite. For years I tried to figure out what it might be. I thought maybe an owl..but they have yellow eyes, and there were no trees close enough for a bird or animal to perch on and be that close to the window. I mean, it was right up against the window. It still gives me goosebumps to this day. And this is the same exact story I have been telling since that night for years now. And I can't get it out of my head.
OTHER WITNESSES: I am the only person that saw it. Although my family was in the living room when it happened.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Later at night, like 9 or 10 p.m. It was a nice summer night. No wind. The room was lit but there was no outside light.
ENVIRONMENT: At that time in 1993 Marion County was heavily wooded. As compared to a six lane road now, S.R. 200 was a two lane road then. One into town and the other away. And that was the main road. I still live on the same property and it is still located near the Florida greenway - an area which cannot be built on. I am also about two miles from the Withlacoochee River.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator David Wright:
I conducted an extensive telephone interview with this witness on 7/15/7. I found her to be entirely credible.
She reiterated that their residence was a mobile home which was raised on support structures, making her bedroom window well above the height of an animal or even a human who might have been interested in peering into the room. She described "piercing red eyes", not at the bottom of the window, but in the middle, making them around 8' from the ground. She expressed that she was entirely captivated for 30-45 seconds, staring into these eyes. She felt no fear of being hurt, and described being frightened, but captivated. She described seeing no facial features, only the piercing, red eyes. She described them as being well apart from one another, and incapable of being the eyes of an owl, or any creature that could have been looking into her window from that height above the ground.
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.