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COUNTY: Sanilac County
LOCATION DETAILS: Location on Map: 43.391164, -82.539186
NEAREST TOWN: Port Sanilac
NEAREST ROAD: M-25
OBSERVED: On August 1st, 2020, my 3 sons and I were out for a day-trip drive along the Lake Huron shoreline, north of Lexington, MI. There's many stretches of wooded areas on the lake side of the road, and rural farmland on the west side, along this route.
At approximately 12:50 PM, 1 and a half to 2 miles south of Port Sanilac, MI, we were driving northbound on M-25, and my oldest son (15 yrs), seated next to me in the front, said "Oh my God" and stared straight ahead. I was still driving, and asked him what was wrong. He didn't initially answer and his 13 year old brother (seated behind him in the backseat) also asked him what was the matter. He finally spurted out "I just saw a bigfoot!".
I thought he was joking at first, as he's always been a notable skeptic of my interest in Sasquatch research. But he adamantly insisted he wasn't kidding and described what he saw in the woods on the east side (Lakeside) of the road. He said he saw a large dark figure walking south through the woods. He says it was too a dark in the canopy of the woods to see a face, but the reason he noticed it at all was that it was moving exactly like the figure "in that old grainy footage that everyone always talks about" (the Patterson footage).
He says the arms were longer than its torso and that he could tell it had fur much in the same way you can tell a dog has fur from a distance, that it wasn't skin that he was seeing. It was definitely walking, not standing still, and it's arms were swinging. He guesses that it was around 100 yards or less away.
He estimates that it was around 8 feet tall (he said his impression of it made him feel short. My son is 6' 2"). He says it had very broad shoulders. He was able to watch it for approximately 5 seconds as we traveled in the opposite direction that it was headed.
As soon as he told me what he'd seen, I turned around and drove back to the location. Traffic was moderately steady, being a summer Saturday afternoon, so it took a couple minutes to return to the exact spot and then find a safe spot nearby to pull off. We didn't see anything at that point, but I pinned the area on my GPS. The exact coordinates are 43.391164, -82.539186
ALSO NOTICED: No, though another car that had been ahead of us also pulled off onto the shoulder. I don't know if it was related to our incident. We turned around to go back and look. I don't know what became of the other vehicle.
OTHER WITNESSES: There were 4 of us in the car, but only my oldest son saw it.
OTHER STORIES: Nothing in this specific area that I'm aware of.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Approximately 12:50 in the afternoon. Lighting was shaded, as it was a few dozen yards back into the woods off of the road, well under the tree canopy. Cloud cover overhead was moderate but increasing, with plenty of blue and sunshine still in the sky to the north and east.
ENVIRONMENT: Wooded. There was a sign nearby saying there was a Camp Ozanam nearby, but I'm not sure if that was connected to the part of the woods where we were at.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
Witness contact info available to BFRO investigators.
About BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
Matthew Moneymaker is originally from the Los Feliz District of Los Angeles, California.
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
- Founder of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization,1995.
- Writer and co-producer of the Discovery Channel documentary "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science", 2001.
- Co-producer of the TV Series "Mysterious Encounters" for the Outdoor Life Network (OLN Channel), 2002.
- Producer of the "2003 International Bigfoot Symposium" (Willow Creek Symposium) DVD set, 2004.
- Co-host of "Finding Bigfoot" on Animal Planet Channel, 2010 - 2017.
- Current Director of the BFRO