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STATE: New Jersey
COUNTY: Salem County
LOCATION DETAILS: About 1 mile from Auburn Fire Co.
NEAREST TOWN: Woodstown
OBSERVED: I was driving home from my girl friends house in Pennsgrove, NJ. I was between Pedrick Town and Auburn when I was approaching a stop sign I noticed something reflective by a telephone pole. I thought it was reflectors on the pole itself but as I grew closer I realized the size and stature of the figure. What I thought were reflectors were eyes and it took off into the woods. I got out of the truck right at the pole and heard grunting a screech and a grunt off into the woods. Anyone familiar with the area knows it is woodsy and remote.
ALSO NOTICED: Dead deer in feild across the street
OTHER WITNESSES: Only myself
OTHER STORIES: Haven't asked around
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It happened about 10:30 p.m. Weather was foggy and over cast
ENVIRONMENT: Dense woods piney swamp
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Eric Spinner:
I spoke to Kyle by phone, and was able to learn more details about the incident that occurred on his way home that night.
As he approached the stop sign, he saw the individual run from the passenger side of his truck to the left very quickly, and It froze behind a telephone pole directly in front of him.
It stood there for maybe 5 -7 seconds, swaying back and forth, and then ran into the woods behind it. He told me that it appeared to step over a drainage ditch to get into the woods line. He was approximately 20 - 25 feet away from the individual at the time he was observing it. He pulled up to the telephone pole, rolled down his window, and shone his flashlight into the woods, but couldn't see anything. He remembers smelling a musky odor, but didn't think much of it at the time. He heard a grunting sound and a screech, but no apparent crashing noises one would expect from a large animal going through the trees. He also noticed a dead deer in the farm field to his left.
Additional details about the description of the individual:
Stood slightly hunched over, and estimated the height to be about 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 feet tall.
Could see its arms hanging down to about its knees. Could see hands, not paws. Definitely could see that it had feet as well when it took off.
Dark brown to black hair, about 4 inches in length, and matted. Similar to an animal with its winter coat.
Very broad shoulders and no visible neck. The head appeared to sit right on the shoulders. Could not see any facial features.
The reflector he thought was on the pole was actually eyeshine from the creature in front of him. His truck was aimed directly at the telephone pole, and the headlights were shining towards the individual.
Keep in mind that these types of events happen very quickly, and the whole thing lasted only about 30 seconds.
Kyle is an avid hunter, and is familiar with the known wildlife of this area. He has lived in the area all of his life, and has never had any other experiences like this. The area consists of vast farm fields mixed together with tracts of woods. There are plenty of sources of food, water, and coverage to support an as of yet undiscovered primate. When he told his ex about it she thought he was crazy, and other friends he told also ridiculed him. He is now a LEO, and is trained in observing things and exacting details, but at the time of the encounter was a young man on his way home after a date. I found him to be genuine and credible.
About BFRO Investigator Eric Spinner:
Eric Spinner is the owner of a health food store in Medford, NJ - a town that borders the Pine Barrens. He is a Certified Nutritional Consultant, and a Shiatsu Practitioner. Eric has attended the 2008 NW Pennsylvania Expedition, the 2009 Sunshine Coast BC Canada Expedition, the 2016 & 2020 So NY Expeditions, and 2021 & 2022 PA Expeditions. Eric has been an investigator for the BFRO since 2009, and has been organizing New Jersey Expeditions since 2014. He has made numerous solo excursions into the NJ Pine Barrens, Pennsylvania, and has done investigations in Missouri and Florida. He was most recently involved in the production of the South Jersey Sasquatch episode of Finding Bigfoot and was one of the witnesses featured during the Town Hall meeting.
Eric is cofounder of NASBRO, and cohost of Squatch Talks Podcast.