At this point, Mr. Strickler’s story becomes stranger still as the following excerpt reveals: ” I drove to a phone in Sykesville and called the police. I was told to return to the scene and wait. It took me about 3 minutes to get back….and a [State] police cruiser was already there. I was immediately told to leave the area. I returned an hour later and noticed several state vehicles and one federal vehicle as well as police…the area was taped off. I could see people combing the area….I was told once again to leave. I tried for several days to get answers from state officials but never got an answer. I called [Baltimore TV stations] WJZ, WBAL and WMAR about the incidents and each seemed very interested. I contacted each station [several days] later and was told that they had ‘no idea’ of an incident and did not want to talk to me.”
The specific area where Strickler had his experience (a section of the Patapsco State Park) is still very heavily wooded and unpopulated.