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COUNTY: Marion County
LOCATION DETAILS: 32.793376, -94.694120
Exact coordinates from Google maps
[Click here for Google Map pin for where the figure was standing:
NEAREST TOWN: Ore City
NEAREST ROAD: 450 and Old Avinger road
OBSERVED: Driving home from taking my kids to school. The area is very wooded, lots of wildlife (deer, wild pigs, armadillo). I was driving on 450 and was slowing down to turn on to Old Avinger Road when I saw something move just behind the first line of trees on my right. It was tall and black, definitely not any of the previously mentioned animals. The deep black color is what made it stand out to me because although the area is wooded it was sunny out and the black color looked out of place with all the other shadows. It's size and color made it stick out. When I slowed to look more it ran into the wooded area fast, not on 4 legs. It was definitely upright and on 2 thick legs. I couldn't see its entire body. What I saw was at least 5 to 6 feet above the edge of the road, and the ground were it was standing is 2 to 3 feet lower than the road.
Took me a minute to process what I saw and go through all the wildlife possibilities, but based on the size, shape and speed I don't think it was any of the native wildlife we know of.
ALSO NOTICED: Usually see a ton of stray dogs in this area. My kids and I were just talking about how they all seem to have disappeared over the last week and we haven't seen much other wildlife besides the occasional roadkill.
OTHER WITNESSES: Just myself in the car
OTHER STORIES: Just moved to the area from California about a month ago. Never knew people had Bigfoot sightings out here (not like they did all over northern California where I grew up)
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Early morning, around 7:50 am
ENVIRONMENT: Lots of trees/ forest, not far from Lake Of the Pines
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
I spoke with the witness, Melody Flores, by phone. She is a 34 year old caretaker for seniors. Her husband is a construction worker. She lives roughly 3 miles from this location and drives by it a few times each day.
She was slowing down to make a left turn, and she then slowed down even more when she spotted the figure on the right side. That's when it ran off. She is certain she saw this tall figure standing just inside the treeline and then running back into the woods when she slowed down. She could not make out details but she is certain that it was not a deer or horse or any other large animal.
I asked where she usually sees deer herds while driving through the area along the same route. She said she sees them near Old Avinger Road but never along the larger 450 Route. Interestingly, the position where she saw the figure standing appears to provide an excellent strategic view looking down a long stretch of Old Avinger Road, where deer would be crossing or walking along, especially in the mornings.
I'm calling this a Class B report because she didn't get a clear look at it, but the factors she observed suggests it was most likely a sasquatch, by process of elimination.
For discussion about this report, see Facebook post and comments: https://bit.ly/3lDFxlR.
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