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COUNTY: Summit County
LOCATION DETAILS: I was heading South on Black Road I saw it South of Brush Road. It was heading East to West across the road.
NEAREST TOWN: Richfield, OH
NEAREST ROAD: Brecksville Road; 303; I77; and I271
OBSERVED: Large Humanoid object leaping over drainage ditch in approx. 3 feet wide at side of road. The figure was at least as large as a man, if not bigger, and was completely black (or dark in color). I was seeing it from aprx. 150 feet away through my car windshield. It was overcast on Christmas Eve. It lept with one leg behind it and an arm high above it like a man leaps the long jump in track competitions. When I got closer I realized that the creature was moving into a heavily wooded area.
ALSO NOTICED: No, I was driving and did not stop.
OTHER WITNESSES: No.
OTHER STORIES: None.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 4:05 PM EST and it was overcast.
ENVIRONMENT: Scattered housing. 2 lane road.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Mark Maisel:
I interviewed the witness by phone. The sighting took place in the Cuyahoga National Park in the southwest section. Further details were revealed during our conversation. The animal was in the road at the beginning of the sighting and with three steps was across the road and the ditch. When asked the witness did not see the animal anymore as it disappeared into the forest. The whole episode only lasted about 3 seconds. When questioned the witness described the animal as dark in color, tall - approximately 8 feet tall. The witness only saw the animal in profile and stated that its arms were longer than a persons, and that the head, although not conical, did have a sloping to it.
The sighting was within several miles of the Cuyahoga River. There are streams, lakes and ponds in the area, as are farms. The area is plentiful in flora and fauna.
About BFRO Investigator Mark Maisel:
Mark Maisel is employed in the medical field in Ohio. He has attended the following expeditions: West Virginia, New York Adirondacks, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and North Carolina. Expedition organizer of the 2009 Ohio expedition and assisting with both of Eastern Ohio's in 2012 and Michigan UP 2012. Attended WV 2013