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COUNTY: Escambia County
LOCATION DETAILS: Take I-65 north to Brewton/Repton exit. Turn right on Hwy 41.
NEAREST TOWN: Brewton
NEAREST ROAD: Hwy 41
OBSERVED: I was probably 13 or 14 at the time. I was riding my bicycle down a wooded trail in a relatively populated part of town. A bigfoot jumped out in front of me, I fell off my bike and he stood over me, and howled/growled not feet away from me. He then turned and ran through the woods away from me. He was between 7 and 8 feet tall more on the skinny side but still big. Not groomed kind of mangy looking. Longer than average arms and thick through the shoulders to the top of the neck. I know what I saw. I'm 42 now and have been called crazy all my life because I openly admit what I saw. The sound it made could not be recreated by a person.
ALSO NOTICED: Grocery store dumpster containing old food was close to where encounter occurred
OTHER WITNESSES: Just me
OTHER STORIES: Days later I heard of sightings between Castleberry and Evergreen AL
TIME AND CONDITIONS: About dusk
ENVIRONMENT: wooded area behind a grocery store
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Mick Minnis:
I spoke to the witness by phone and he was able to give me more detail and information about his encounter.
Firstly concerning the trail. He said it was a kind of path that connected a neighborhood with a local grocery store. This trail was bordered by woods all around which could provide plenty of cover for a large bipedal creature to come and go without detection. Also, very near the trail where the encounter occurred is the grocery store dumpster, containing thrown out food. This very well could be the reason this creature was encountered at this location.
Now concerning the encounter. The witness said he remembered falling off his bike, looking up and seeing this large, brown hairy creature. He estimated that it was ten feet from him, looking directly at him when it let out a loud howl/growl that terrified him. I asked him about facial and bodily features, other than what he stated in his report. He distinctly remembered the mouth being wide open as it howled/growled, displaying human-like teeth, only larger. The howl/growl was deep yet pitched, and lasted a few seconds. He said it sounded like nothing he has ever heard. Immediately after this it turned and walked off the trail into the woods at a high rate of speed. As it moved through the woods, the witness remembers hearing branches snapping. The witness then got up, climbed on his bike and rode home as fast as he could, where he hid in his house, fearfully peeking out the window hoping the creature did not follow him home.
The witness seemed very credible to me. He was clear about the details he remembered and did not try to embellish or add to it.
To this day the witness has not returned to the site of the encounter. This says something to me seeing he is a veteran of the Marine Corps, and a career Firefighter. Obviously what he witnessed made quite an impact on him.
About BFRO Investigator Mick Minnis:
Mick Minnis currently resides in Cresview FL. He is the owner and operator of Bigfoot Moving Services, a moving and delivery company that operates throughout the state of Florida. He is an avid hiker, climber, and also enjoys running and practicing martial arts. His interest in Sasquatch has taken him throughout the United States on numerous personal expeditions and also visits to interesting places such as the Bigfoot Museum in Willow Creek CA. He has attended the 2011 and 2013 North Florida Expeditions.