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COUNTY: Baldwin County
LOCATION DETAILS: off of 180 to foley beach express
[Investigator (MM) Notes:
Location Coordinates: 30.317862, -87.649338
NEAREST TOWN: gulf shores
NEAREST ROAD: foley beach express
OBSERVED: Sunday morning around 9 am I was driving on the beach express heading north. It was a beautiful morning. Sun shining and clear. There is an area of nothing but trees and brush which goes on for a mile or two. After that the road goes into a "s" turn which is probably a mile or so in length. Coming into the last right hand part of the s turn, I saw what I first thought was a man running from the left
to the right across the highway. I thought, "what is this guy doing running across the highway out here?"
I could see shoulders moving and arms swinging. It was upright and
fast, but I couldn't see any other detail from my distance. It just seemed really dark brown or black. I couldn't make out shoes or clothing or skin.
Whatever it was, it did not slow down once it had made it across the road. It continued at the same speed into the trees.
I slowed down almost to a stop where it appeared to enter the trees. I could see into the trees a good distance, but saw nothing. It was gone.
OTHER WITNESSES: no
OTHER STORIES: no
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 9-9:30 AM
ENVIRONMENT: a lot of trees. between toll booth and shell gas station
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
I spoke with the witness, Rick Snider, by phone. He is a 57 year old facilities manager for a large tourist resort near Gulf Shores. He is willing to speak with local journalists about this incident.
He needed to go into work that Sunday morning briefly. The sighting happened as he was returning home. He was approximately 100 yards away when he first saw it. He was coming around the bend in the express way when it came into view. There were no other cars in front or behind him. He surmised it waited until there were no vehicles visible in either direction before it crossed the highway, but then he caught it by surprise when he rounded the curve. The figure was already on Rick's side of the express way, roughly in the middle of the road, when it came into view.
He cannot say for sure that it was covered with fur, but it was all the same dark color, with no indication of clothes or shoes, etc. He strongly thinks it was not a human for various reasons, including the fact that a person would likely not be running across the express way in that area, and then continue running into the trees where there are no obvious trails, and be completely out of view within a few seconds.
Rick has seen deer crossing the express way in recent weeks also.
Cotton Creek passes underneath the express way just before the crossing point, so the figure was generally paralleling the path of the creek when it crossed.
In Google Maps satellite images of the area you can see a large structure a few hundred yards further up the highway from the crossing spot. That is a brand new structure for "Toy Box Storage". It is so new that it does not appear on the aerial images in Google Earth. In fact it is still under construction, so the Google Maps (as opposed to Google Earth) images are very recent.
Click here for Google Maps satellite view of crossing spot 30.317862, -87.649338
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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