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COUNTY: Manatee County
LOCATION DETAILS: Wooded to the right side of the road where it exited the Hwy
NEAREST TOWN: Parrish
NEAREST ROAD: HWY 62
OBSERVED: Monday July 10 2017 5:15AM. While driving home from an all night fishing trip at Tampa Bay, we were about 2 miles outside of Parrish FL. There was a car ahead of us & we were about 10 car lengths behind.This creature waited for the car ahead of us to pass and ran across between our two cars. It was running upright on two legs.
It was huge & fast. It didn't have the shoulder motion that a human has when they run. Manatee Sheriff contacted.
ALSO NOTICED: The shoulders didn't swing or move when it ran, very short or no neck.Only seen the feet hit twice & it was in the grass & gone
OTHER WITNESSES: 2 saw it, 3 smelled it.. but 4 in our vehicle, granddaughter was asleep
OTHER STORIES: Talked to the Manatee Sheriff and they said there are reports from time to time.. We live in a neighboring county, we are not familiar with that area.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 5:15 AM
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator R. Monteith:
On the early morning of July 10, before sunrise the family (mom, dad, adult son and grandaughter) were driving eastbound on Hwy 62 after a night of fishing on Tampa Bay.
Google map image of the location:
They were outside Parrish when a large, bipedal figure crossed the road about ten car lengths ahead of them, left to right. They were able to see the figure in the tail lights of the car in front of them, and their own headlights. The car immediately was filled with a horrible smell.
The mom and dad in the front seat saw the figure, the passengers in the back did not, however they did smell the odor. The car was traveling at about 70 mph and both witnesses claim it showed intelligence as it waited for the first car to pass and quickly crossed the road in 2 big steps. There were no street lights.
The bigfoot was dark in color, running stiffly without any arm swing in the car’s high beam lights. The dad said it had very long legs. Both witnesses spoke over each other describing odor as a strange mix of “polecat, musky, swampwater and sulfur.”
On the morning of the crossing, the mom called the Manatee County Sheriff’s office to report it and spoke to a Deputy who admitted they have calls like this from time to time in that area.
BFRO Investigator David Bakara, and myself, as well as other Florida Investigators have spoken to the couple about this incident. The mom and dad are both still very disturbed and overwhelmed about what they saw and are still trying to come to terms with the event almost a year later.
The area is remote with ranches and farms spread far apart. Just North of Myakka River State Park.
The mom made this drawing:
BFRO David Bakara assisted in this investigation.
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.