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STATE: New Jersey
COUNTY: Sussex County
LOCATION DETAILS: It was at a very big turn around point which was very steep on the way up.
NEAREST TOWN: Walpack
NEAREST ROAD: Tilman Road
OBSERVED: My family and I pulled into a huge turn around at Stokes State Forest off of Layton Road. We stepped out of the jeep as we had to tinkle. When I got back in my car, I noticed someone standing behind the very high brush, 7-8 feet tall at least because I could see its complete head over the bushes. It just stood there watching us. Reddish-brown, orangutan colored hair, covered it's head. It was very human-like and I could tell that it was standing upright. I blinked a million times to try and really focus as much as I could, paying attention to detail. I couldn't make out the face for certain as it was covered in hair. When we started to drive, it immediately took off in the opposite direction as to not confront us. It seemed to be frightened. At this point I said out loud, WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT? Before I could describe what I had seen, my 14 year old son beat me to it. He said mom you mean that reddish brown haired creature behind those bushes?! I couldn't believe it!! I was so glad I wasn't the only one who had seen this thing because it's definitely a shock to the eyes.
OTHER WITNESSES: My son and I were both sitting in our jeep at the time we saw it. We didn't realize we saw the same thing until we drove off.
OTHER STORIES: No
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was about 1:30-2 pm and it was a very beautiful clear day.
ENVIRONMENT: Usual turn around areas are gravel covered or meadow-like but this one had two separate dirt roads and it was pretty steep on the way up.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Larry Rippon:
I spoke with the witness on the phone several times. I also visited the location of the sighting, which is near Walpack Township, with fellow BFRO researcherís Scott Osborne and Benjamin Christian. The witness described seeing a tall upright man like figure with orange colored hair on its face and head standing in the brush in front of them as they drove up a steep turn around. The location is very near streams that are stocked with trout and is in the same vicinity as a documented incident at a Stokes State Forest camp location (Strange screams in the middle of the night) where the local authorities who were called stated they received several calls for bigfoot activity on the very same night as the camp site incident.
About BFRO Investigator Larry Rippon:
Larry is a lifelong New Jersey resident, having lived the past 25 years in the northern part of the state. He became interested in Bigfoot after seeing the Paterson-Gimlin film when he was a young boy. Larry likes spending time with his family and is an avid hiker. Larry has attended the following BFRO expeditions:
2014 northern New Jersey
2016 southern New York
2017 northern New Jersey
2018 southern New Jersey
2019 northern New Jersey (co-organizer)
2020 southern New York #1
2022 northern New Jersey (spring) (organizer)
2022 northern New Jersey (fall) (organizer)