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An illustration of the Carmel Area Monster

The Carmel Creature was a bizarre cryptid sighted on December 12, 2014, by a 60-year-old former Marine near Carmel, Ohio. The witness and his wife were driving near Carmel when they came up over a hill and saw the creature.

It is very similar to the Fresno Nightcrawler.


The witness described the creature as "a 7' tall slim, gray creature with muscular legs that walked like its knees were backwards." The 60-year-old former Marine (who allegedly saw the creature) also said it didn't seem to have arms. He also included a sketch made shortly after he arrived home. ( There are several explanations as to what the creature could be. Theories include:

  • An undiscovered species (a Cryptid)
  • Extraterrestrial
  • Due to the backwards pointing legs and lack of arms, it's likely that it may have been a bird, specifically a stork or crane.


  • The witness was quoted as saying: "We recently bought a place in the Fort Hill area (in southeast Highland County). We first noticed after about 30 days of living here that we suddenly have a perfect circle that stays fresh green, no matter what weather, in our front yard. On Friday night (the 12th), we were driving home. After turning on Carmel Road, which leads to our road, we went around the curve by the Carmel church and then up a small incline and approximately 10 feet over the incline and in front of our truck, the 'alien' ran across the road and into the woods."