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COUNTY: Okaloosa County
LOCATION DETAILS: Investigator Notes: Click here for a Google Maps link to the location.
Coordinates: 30.684406, -86.556365
NEAREST TOWN: Crestview
NEAREST ROAD: Hwy 85
OBSERVED: Went on a afternoon hike and decided to stop at the clear cut where big powers lines are to see if I could see a deer or something. I jumped up numerous turkey and deer while hiking. So I parked the car, rolled down the windows, shut the car off and just listened and watched. Not even 10 mins go by and this large black thing just starts walking across the open all the way to the other side. I get out of the car to get closer to see it, soon as I do that it seeís me then steps into the tree line . I hurried back to my car and watched from the cab. I called an individual and on the phone with them while Iím still watching it. At first before I started recording I noticed it and for a second I thought a hiker or hunter. But itís posture and how it moved didnít look right. To me it looked hunched over or like itís shoulders weíre rolled forward. I showed a buddy and he agrees with me so idk. Found a dismantled deer very close by. Head was missing and front legs were ripped off. Their was a document sighting on BFRO about 1 mile or so from here. I have a video of the subject and photoís of the deer. I was very close to the shoal river. Thick tye dye swamp very close by.
OTHER WITNESSES: No. Called individual after recording while I was still watching it
OTHER STORIES: BFRO documented sighting approx 1 mile or so from here last month. Went there today before I caught the video
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 2:30 pm
ENVIRONMENT: Tye dye swamp, shoal river was 1000 yds away maybe.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
I spoke with the witness. He is credible. He is the manager of the Surf Hut restaurant in Miramar Beach. He lives in Niceville and spends much time hiking on Eglin Air Force Base -- a vast unpopulated area in the Florida Panhandle.
He was parked in the powerline cut just off Colonel Greg Malloy Road, also called Range Road 211. Specifically, he was parked where the powerline access road is roped off. Roughly 10 minutes after arriving he saw the figure crossing the powerline cut some distance away to the north. See Google Maps link above for the approximate crossing point. He believes the figure was just to the north from where Pearl Creek crosses the powerline cut, perhaps 40 yards or so beyond the small creek bed (which is not very visible in the video).
He was too far from the figure to see details. He was also fully zoomed in with his smartphone camera. No details are visible in the video, but it is clearly dark and upright and bipedal, so either a human in dark clothes or a bigfoot.
It is deer bow hunting season in Florida. Anyone in this area (a hunting unit of Elgin AFB) is required to wear a blaze orange hunting vest. The figure was definitely not wearing a blaze orange hunting vest. With his own eyes he says it was a solid dark figure and it seemed leaned over forward a bit.
The sighting is important partly because of the number of other reports from this general area, including one within a few miles just a few weeks ago.
There are many deer in this area. There is a lush river bed not far away (the Shoal River) and swamps nearby. The Florida Trail is not far away either. Many sightings in Florida occur within short proximity of the Florida Trail.
Upon my request the witness has created a YouTube channel and uploaded the video. Click here for the video.
If you have an interest in this sighting and follow up information then you should subscribe to his channel. He will post more videos of his findings in the area, including some interesting deer kills with legs broken. He has been returning to the area every day since the sighting and will continue to do so.
About BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
Matthew Moneymaker is originally from the Los Feliz District of Los Angeles, California.
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
- Founder of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization,1995.
- Writer and co-producer of the Discovery Channel documentary "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science", 2001.
- Co-producer of the TV Series "Mysterious Encounters" for the Outdoor Life Network (OLN Channel), 2002.
- Producer of the "2003 International Bigfoot Symposium" (Willow Creek Symposium) DVD set, 2004.
- Co-host of "Finding Bigfoot" on Animal Planet Channel, 2010 - 2017.
- Current Director of the BFRO