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COUNTY: Sarasota County
NEAREST TOWN: Englewood
NEAREST ROAD: Bayshore Dr.
OTHER WITNESSES: 2
OTHER STORIES: none
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Morning, clear weather, low 66, high 84
ENVIRONMENT: Suburban older homes by stream that flows to the Intracoastal waterway.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator R. Monteith:
I spoke with the gentleman about his sighting in person and on the phone.
Best to his recollection this occurred on March 27, 2021 between 8-8:30 am. Prior to this event he never gave a thought to a skunkape or bigfoot being anything other than folklore.
On the morning of March 27, he was preparing breakfast with his wife. The kitchen has a window that looks across their backyard. When he turned to ask his wife a question movement outside the window caught his eye. He saw a dark bipedal figure walk from a group of trees toward a wooded area before disappearing from his line of sight. He asked his wife if she had seen that, just as his 8 year old granddaughter came running from the dining room yelling “Grandpa, did you see that?” She had seen the figure as well from the back sliding glass door. She described it as “big.” He admits that he at first wondered what his neighbor was wearing but realized it was taller than his 6’4” neighbor. He went on to describe that the figure was about 50 ft away, with a slim build but tall. It was walking west to east (L to R) as they was looking north out the windows.
The family is very credible as to what happened that morning. It was obviously something they had never expected to see or experience.
When researching this area it is not necessarily an area that one would expect to have this sort of activity. However the homes are spaced out on one acre or more lots and some are heavily wooded. His back yard connects to Manasota Scrub Preserve which connects to agricultural and green areas and then Myakka State Forest. Much of that area at the time of this sighting was very dry without having had substantial rain for many months which may have driven this animal towards water and in this case Forked Creek which is across the street from this man’s home
About BFRO Investigator R. Monteith:
Re Monteith has had a life-long interest in Bigfoot and has an extensive background in outdoor land and ocean survival as well as mountaineering. She has tran-sailed the Atlantic, backpacked in remote places throughout the world and has climbed three of the seven summits. She studied International Relations at Florida International University, and is a Financial and Real Estate Consultant. She has participated in many private expeditions as well as the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 BFRO North Florida Expeditions and the 2013 BFRO UP Michigan & Alabama Expedition. She also organized Florida's 2017 Town Hall Meeting. She was an Executive Producer of the documentary film, "Skunk Ape Lives" and featured as a Crypto Expert on The Science Channel's television show, Strange Evidence for seasons 2 - 5.