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COUNTY: Seminole County
NEAREST TOWN: Heathrow
NEAREST ROAD: Markham Woods Road
OBSERVED: I was driving on Markham Park Woods road at 5 am and saw a bigfoot on the side of the road.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Cool, 5:15 am
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator R. Monteith:
The gentleman contacted a BFRO Volunteer, who in turn contacted me about this sighting.
The man was driving to work in the dark at about 5:15 am on a Tuesday morning. He was southbound on Markham Woods Road nearing State Road 434. He was passing a church on the left when he noticed what he thought was an up-ended couch someone had dumped on the other side of the road. As he neared it, he realized it was a hairy figure that was squatting and it suddenly stood up, facing him. He passed it so closely, his mirror almost hit it. It never tried to step aside as he approached. He checked the rear view mirror once he passed it and the figure was no longer there.
When he passed in the car, he was only able to see the chest and arm thru his closed window. The witness is 6’4” and can stand near his truck with his head reaching the window. The figure was much taller than him, as the arm and chest were only visible to him.
The witness states that it clearly wasn’t a bear and at the time he thought, “But, bigfoot doesn’t exist!” Its hair seemed about 6 inches long and was mixed brown and some white in color. It was muscular and the chest was very wide.
The area isn’t an area you would expect to see a bigfoot until you look at a satellite photo of the area. It is heavily wooded and the homes are set apart amongst the woods. The Little Wekiva River runs parallel to the road just a few hundred feet from it and the other side is I-4. This river flows out of Wekiva Buffer Conservation Area which has been the subject of many reports. The church, and the rest area near the sighting have dumpsters. From the witnesses’ description, it seemed the creature was heading towards the river.
Google earth image of the location:
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.