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Report # 15310  (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Monday, July 24, 2006.
Possible daylight sighting by fisherman near Bartow

YEAR: About 1995

SEASON: Spring

STATE: Florida

COUNTY: Polk County

LOCATION DETAILS: Go down 60 back toward mulberry over on the right hand side large car dealer ship there is a ball park down the road a bit. First set of ponds by the park.



OBSERVED: I saw something, but I am unsure. it was near the large park in bartow where they play baseball etc. We were on the top of the hill fishing and the others were checking the lines. There was something in the water staring at me very dark colored black looked hairy. I was in a trance and couldn't move. It was stuck out of the water at least chest high not sure what it was. When the others came back I started telling them. I started to point to show them where I saw it and it was gone. I had sat there and stared at it even closing my eyes and then looking again or averting my eyes and then looking it kept staring. Then it when the others showed up it disappeared.

ALSO NOTICED: Just weird.


OTHER STORIES: not untill reading here saw a few all these years I still think about it. No smells I don't recall of. Or noise just a stare.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: Afternoon I think or early evening


Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Caroline Curtis:

I spoke to the witness at length on the phone and then met her at the location where this happened (in 1995), just off of County Route 555. A fence kept us from going to the exact spot. She is not able to recall an exact date but remembers it being a hot spring afternoon during baseball season, as she could hear games going on at the time.

The figure was only visible from the waist up. A head and shoulders could be seen as it stood among the reeds. She didn't recall seeing its eyes, but she did sense that it was looking right at her and not moving. When she looked away to show her boyfriend it disappeared. After this incident, she insisted on not being left alone while fishing.

These ponds are on the edge of phosphate mining territory and low populated areas of Florida wilderness.

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