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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bat-Winged Humanoid Seen Over Chicago's Oak Park

I received a text message on Wednesday April 11, 2018 at 11:07 AM ET:

Hi - I was on Reddit and came across a post with a link to your website about the thing that is flying around Chicago. I was driving down Lake St., and had just turned off Central Ave, so it was between Austin Ave. and Lake St. - near the Chicago/Oak Park border last night shortly after 8:00 PM CT. Anyways I was heading west and just slightly to my north I saw this massive thing in the air. It kind of swooped behind an apartment building so my view was blocked. I only saw it for maybe 8-10 seconds but it was enough to leave me absolutely stunned. I grew up in Chicago and have NEVER seen anything like that before in the city. My first reaction was maybe it was something that escaped from a wildlife rescue but - this thing was massive - like easily over 10 ft wide. Now that I know I'm not crazy and other people have seen it I feel better. Like for real, it was huge. I've never seen a bird that large before. I spent time in the Army and was Military Police - and this thing was no drone, that's for sure! I keep trying to come up with any logical explanation for what I saw last night, but I'm completely baffled. KM

I contacted KM this evening and conducted an interview:

The witness states that she had just turned west onto Lake St. from N. Central Ave. It was close to 8:00 PM CT (local time) because she was meeting a friend. As she proceeded west on Lake St. and approaching N. Menard Ave. she noticed a huge flying being gliding above a nearby 4-storey apartment building, approximately 60 ft. above the ground. The flying being ducked behind the apartment building and she lost sight of it. The witness estimates that she watched the flying being for 8-10 seconds. She turned onto an alleyway in order to get another look at the being, but was unsuccessful.

The witness states that the being had a 10 ft.+ wingspan with bat-like wings and dark in color. The wings never flapped. The body was quite long and thin, approx 6-8 ft. in length and there were 2 appendages / legs, since she noticed a separation. She did not notice any further structures on the body or head.

The witness did seem a bit nervous while talking to me, and was very surprised at the number of sightings in the general area since early 2017. She had no previous knowledge of the phenomenon. Lon

NOTE: The witnesses shared her name and contact information with me, and is willing to have her sighting verified by other members of the task force. This sighting has been added to the Chicago & Regional Winged Humanoid / Flying Entity Sightings & Encounters Interactive Map

Have you had a sighting of a flying humanoid or huge bat-like creature in the Chicago, Illinois metro area or nearby? The entity has also been referred to as the 'Chicago Phantom', 'Chicago Mothman', 'Chicago Owlman' & 'Chicago Man-Bat.' Please feel free to contact me at - your anonymity is guaranteed. Our investigative group is conducting a serious examination of his phenomenon. We are merely seeking the truth and wish to determine what eyewitnesses have been encountering. Your cooperation is truly appreciated. You can call me directly at 410-241-5974 as well. Thanks...Lon Strickler #ChicagoMothman #ChicagoPhantom

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