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  I am only posting here in hope that I can find someone who might either know the history or had a similar encounter in Maryville, IL. My incident took place around 1988-1989 in the woods located around the Maryville water tower. Back in that time it was mostly woods and farm fields with a few houses speckled around the area. Now in 2013 subdivisions abound all through that area of Maryville, IL.

I was 18 back then and I often ventured into the woods around the water tower as my escape. It gave me peace and reflection on things; I enjoyed my outings very much. One sunny day during summer in the late afternoon I began my usual trek to the woods. I always carried firearms when I went into
    the woods. This particular day I was armed with a police model 12 gauge pump shotgun loaded with 3 inch magnum rounds. I carried it for protection, not hunting and never owned birdshot rounds.

As I entered the woods in my usual entry point I immediately noticed a presence to my left and quickly glanced in that direction. To my surprise a very
tall figure more like a very dark shadow was standing in the brush under the trees just off the path I created in the past. It was about 20+ yards from where I was standing. It was just standing there staring in the direction of the deeper woods silent as can be. I say it was tall because it was taller than my 6'3 friend so it was taller than him.

My first immediate thought was this was the person who owned the property so I ducked down behind the overgrowth to hide hoping he didn't see me. After what seemed like 10 seconds he bolted in a run heading deeper into the woods. As he ran it shook the ground as I could feel the vibrations. I was very perplexed, I couldn't understand why someone would
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