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COUNTY: Volusia County
NEAREST TOWN: Ormond Beach
NEAREST ROAD: Beach St. or Rt. 1
OBSERVED: In May of 1985 on a sunny afternoon, a realtor in Ormond Beach took me north on Beach Street. We turned left and entered The Village of Pine Run. Before reaching the area of houses, I spotted what looked like a young pre-teen holding a tall stick vertically. Suddenly, the other than human walked on hands and feet to the middle of the road and then stood erect. My realtor slammed on the breaks and cried, "What is that?" I suggested a bear but the shape of the head was not that of a bear. We agreed it was not a monkey due to no long tail and. It appeared to be 4.5 to 5ft. tall. It disappeared into the woods.
OTHER WITNESSES: Names omitted for privacy reasons.
OTHER STORIES: BFRO investigator called me about my story.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Early afternoon - before 2pm
ENVIRONMENT: Solitary 2-lane paved road on which we were heading West. It is covered by tall trees that form a tunnel-like top. The area is wild and has overgrowth and some swampy areas.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator R. Monteith:
The witness was looking at property to buy in Ormond Beach in the spring 1985 with a realtor. Both ladies were in a car driving west on Addison Drive around 1 pm. The road borders a green area and connects with several state parks.
Google earth image of the location:
As they drove they noticed a “teenager” standing on the roadside holding a stick. As they neared, it dropped down and they thought out loud it was a bear. It began to cross the road left to right in front of them, acting unafraid. They had to slam on the brakes not to hit it. One commented that it was a strange looking bear, and then the “bear” stood up and became bipedal. It looked at them as it crossed about 10 feet in front of the car in a slow easy gait. Once it passed the car it dropped back down to quadrapedal, and briefly paused to look back at them before going into the woods.
It was about 4 ½ to 5 feet high, “wooly” dark brown, and looked more ape than human. It had long limbs and looked taller because of the lankiness. One lady compared it to the size and weight of an average 12 year old boy although its head seemed smaller. The head didn’t have as much hair on it as the body did.
The women were amazed at what they were seeing and the realtor commented that she was worried about what her client was thinking as to what wild creatures lived in the area. They realized it was not a bear, but couldn’t figure out what it could have been. It did not have bear ears or a tail; it was too big to be a monkey, but wasn’t a gorilla. They had heard that bigfoots were much bigger, so didn’t think of that either. They never considered that it could have been a juvenile sasquatch.
Juvenile sasquatch behavior has been reported many times to go from quadrapedal to bipedal and back. They have also been described as looking more “ape like” than the full grown ones.
This location borders Tomoka State Park, Addison State Park, and Bulow Creek State Park. Bulow Creek Park has had several reports over the years. See report #34426 , report #31680 and report #19232.
This report came about from a mention in report #12068. I was given a name and was able to speak with the client. She had not spoken to the realtor since 1985 but recalled her name. I was able to find her in another part of the state. She confirms working on weekends that spring and seeing something strange in the road with a client, but couldn’t recall details. She admitted that since she is now in her late 70’s there are many things she can’t remember.
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.