Geographical Index > United States > Ohio > Holmes County > Report # 39360|
Submitted by witness on Monday, January 28, 2013.
Late night road crossing on SR 39 west of Nashville
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COUNTY: Holmes County
LOCATION DETAILS: SR39. The exact location is being withheld at the witness' request.
NEAREST TOWN: Nashville
NEAREST ROAD: State Route 39
OBSERVED: Hello, I live in Millersburg Ohio. On June 21st 2012, I was driving home from a nearby town called Loudenville on state route 39 going east toward Millersburg. West of a very small town called Nashville, on a straight away in the road, I saw something on the side of the road. I couldn't tell what it was for sure but thought it might be a man walking there. As I neared, whatever it was crossed the road (from left to right) a ways in front of me. What was weird is that I could tell it was there, but it seemed to blend into the woods, so it looked like a dark figure. It only took only three steps to cross the two lane highway. I slowed down as I passed the place it crossed and looked to my right where it had gone. By then I was almost stopped. When I looked up on the bank there was what I thought a man walking in the field...but as i looked I saw it was very big, and hairy. I thought it may be a hunter....but no clothes, no gun. I could see the hair shimmer as it walked. This thing walked like a man. It never turned around but kept on walking toward the tree line...it had hair from head to foot...it swung its right arm as it strode away and seemed to be unconcerned that I was there. I got really scared that it might turn around so I drove away to the town of Nashville and called my son.
No one believed my account until months later when I stopped at the farm where the field was...I told them what I had seen and assured them I wasn't crazy or a storyteller. To my surprise I had been the third person to come to them with almost the same account...they asked if I thought it could have been a bear...."No, beyond a shadow of a doubt....NO".
There is a game trail coming from the left where I first saw it. And one of the people who saw it went with the farmer to investigate but didn't find anything. I know what I saw...I keep journals and wrote it down the day after the incident.
ALSO NOTICED: I didnt hear anything as I had the air on...
OTHER WITNESSES: Just me in my car....but I have the number of two other persons who saw it that same week...they were together.
OTHER STORIES: Yes...others have stopped at the farm to tell the same thing...in all I was the third person to stop and there have been stories about sightings near Perrysville and Glenmont
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 11:00 pm at night clear because the stars were out.
ENVIRONMENT: The road is straight past the farm and there is a little piece of woods and the road curves a little.. its a dip in the road with a guard rail. Below, there is a farm back in the woods.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Mark Maisel:
I spoke to the witness by phone and found her to be sincere. The following can be added to the report.
She was driving and noticed something about a quarter of a mile away in her headlights. She could not make out what it was at this point. Her speed was about 25 mph as the figure crossed the road from left to right. It was on the north side of the road and headed south into a wooded area. As it crossed the road she only saw its profile and stated "It walked like a man, but it was not". By the time she came to the crossing point she saw it from behind, it did not turn around. It blended into the background at this point and she could only make out the legs. Description was "big and dark", broad shoulders, very tall - about 7 to 8 ft, hairy and appeared to have no neck. In the light of the headlights, the closest point being about 20 feet, the hair appeared very shiny, dark brown or black in color.
She stopped her vehicle at this point, debating what it was as she watched it walk into the woods. It took four or five steps, never looking back in the process.
The witness did a couple sketches of what she saw that night:
The area is farm country with rolling hills. Mohican State Park is to the west of this sighting with the Mohican River flowing through it. The Woodbury Wildlife Area is to the southeast and the Kilbuck Wildlife Area to the northeast.
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