Nearest city, Lakeland - phosphate pits are 2 to 3 miles away in swamps
on Hwy 401-the closest cross-road is Pipkin Road.
My son dictated
this story to me. We decided to tell you what he saw after we came upon
the "report this sighting" on your website. My son has told
me the same story over and over with out wavering. He is determined
and serious about what he saw and has even cried when my husband said
there was no such thing as what he saw. He said he would never forget
it as long as he lives. I believe him. He will be 8 years old in September.
Here is the child's story without variation:
"I was visiting
my grandma and papa and decided to go out back to play with my brother
in the afternoon. We were walking out in the back yard when I looked
up and through the old wooded orange grove into the back pasture.
That is where I
saw what I call Bigfoot. It was very big and tall and was covered with
hair all over. It was standing there waving or stretching its arms out
as if it were mad about something. I turned to my brother and said "run."
We ran back into the house and locked the door. I said "Grandma,
I just saw Bigfoot! We even shut all of the curtains so he couldn't
see us. We were very frightened.
My cousin came over and we wanted to
go back and try to find what we had seen. I thought I saw a shadow behind
the barn but saw nothing in the barn. We did find a lot of half eaten
oranges on the ground that had been torn apart. We got our Papa to go
back with us because we were afraid to go by ourselves any longer. We
didn't find anything else. I was scared! We talked about it for the
rest of the day non-stop. My mom believes me but I'm not sure about
the others. I still talk about it and will never forget what I saw.
The Bigfoot was
very big and tall; hairy all over; looked human but it wasn't. No clothes,
just hair all the way down to the ground. I couldn't see his feet. He
or it stood there with its arms waving or moving about. Almost like
he was mad about something. I only looked for a few seconds because
I was too scared to look for long.
The Bigfoot was
seen in open pasture about 4 acres, surrounded by trees from back fence
lines and old grown over orange grove. Basically flat land but not too
far from the Green Swamp on Hwy 401. I have heard of stories of hairy
men or animals there but my son is too young to know of them.