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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Exclusive: The Mystery Running Man of I-675 Ohio

The following account was offered by my friend and colleague, paranormal researcher & author Rosemary Ellen Guiley. You can find this and much more in Rosemary's newsletter 'Strange Dimensions'...subscribe here:

By Rosemary Ellen Guiley
c. Visionary Living, Inc.

[Note: I met Diana and Olie while I was participating in the Kent Paranormal weekend April 11-12, 2015. They told me about a spooky experience they had on Interstate 675 one night, which has never been published until now. Was it a ghost – or an interdimensional drop-in?]

In the summer of 2008, husband and wife Diana and Olie had a startling experience with a faceless, handless man who suddenly appeared alongside their car as they pulled onto a freeway late at night. The experience lasted about a minute—and forever changed their minds about the existence of paranormal phenomena and mysteries that defy explanation.

At that time, the couple worked cleaning carpets, and one of their clients was Circuit City. One summer night, they wrapped up their work at a store in the Beavercreek, Ohio area around midnight. They decided it was early enough to head for home in Kent.

They pulled onto Interstate 675 northbound at exit 17, and almost immediately a violent thunderstorm hit. Rain slashed sideways across the pavement, and the sky lit up with lightning. Thunder crashed. The freeway was deserted—there were no vehicles in sight.

The rain was so heavy that they decided to pull off at exit 20 and wait the storm out. After about five minutes, the rain let up enough for them to feel safe getting back onto the road.

Olie eased into the right lane. Then something caught his side vision. Looking to his left, he was astonished to see a man wearing a gray hoodie running very close alongside the car, keeping an even pace with his side window.

“Is that a man running on the road?” Olie asked his wife in disbelief.

Diana saw the figure, too. It was no ordinary man, however, which chilled both of them to the bone.

The hoodie only partially covered the running man's head—but no face was visible where a face should have been, especially considering the closeness of the figure. The space where a head and face should have been was empty and black. The man’s arms pumped up and down as he ran effortlessly alongside the car—but no hands were visible. From their angle, Olie and Diana could not see below the waist. Even stranger—the mystery man was not getting wet from the rain.

The figure paid no attention to the couple or their car, as if they did not exist.

Olie speeded up from about 10 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour. The man ran faster but still smoothly and effortlessly, and kept an even pace with the car. What human being can run 25 miles per hour without effort?

“Let’s get out of here!” Olie said. He floored the gas pedal and they roared off down the freeway. They did not look back, and kept on going until they reached home. That was the last they saw of the running man.

In trying to figure out what they experienced, Diana and Olie thought they had glimpsed a figure from another dimension that somehow had broken through to this world by the circumstances of the violent storm.

The explanation makes sense and is one I would propose myself. Violent storms with rain, thunder and lightning—and the ionized air that results from them—have a long association with the manifestation of paranormal phenomena. Perhaps this figure was running along in his own parallel dimension, and for a flickering minute partially manifested to Diana and Olie without seeing them. He was not entirely in our dimension, and so some details such as face and hands were not visible. It was not raining in his dimension, and so he did not get wet.

Another possible explanation is a residual apparition. Even though the figure appeared solid, its missing face and hands are characteristic of residual ghosts. Residual ghosts repeat the same activity in the same place. Was this the ghost of a man? If so, why was he dressed in modern clothing jogging on a freeway?

Puzzling questions

Personally, I favor the interdimensional explanation. However, some odd factors remain. Was the figure really a human man from a parallel dimension, or was it an entity in the shape-shifted guise of a man? Was it a trickster entity out to have some opportunistic fun with a couple out on a dark and lonely stretch of highway? Whoever or whatever it was, it had some awareness of the couple’s car, even though it did not look over at them, for it kept pace as Olie speeded up.

Which brings up a question about speed. The figure ran easily alongside the car at about 25 miles per hour, far above the range of most humans. Track stars can sprint at high speeds, and the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, has run at just under 28 miles per hour in a 100-meter, all-out sprint. This mystery figure was not sprinting.

Scientists speculate that technically humans could run as fast as 40 miles per hour if they could significantly reduce the amount of contact time the foot has to spend on the ground. That’s not likely to happen any time soon. If this was an interdimensional man, did he live in a world where human biology—or perhaps bionics--is far more advanced?

Strange connections

I-675 is a 26.53-mile bypass of Dayton to the south and east and connects Interstates 70 and 75. It passes right by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and exit 17 serves Areas A and C. Exit 20 is Yellow Springs Road.

Wright-Patterson gained fame in ufology as the alleged storage site of crashed UFO debris and alien corpses, starting with the famous Roswell, New Mexico episode of 1947. The debris and bodies supposedly have been stored in Hangar-18, in Area B. In paranormal circles, the base is known for its haunting phenomena.

In 2014, mystery booms were reported near WPAFB on the night of November 16, and no explanation ever surfaced.

I could find no direct link between the Mystery Running Man and WPAFB, but in a field of study known for odd associations and coincidences, the proximity of the two is worth noting. It’s usually no accident when different types of phenomena happen within a certain area.

If anyone has any reports of similar sightings of the Mystery Running Man - or any other unexplained phenomena in the vicinity of I-675 and WPAFB, please contact Rosemary at reguiley@gmail.com.

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