Meet Our Research Team
Marie Dumont is a native Floridian and is the founder of the ‘Mid Florida Bigfoot Research Group’ on Facebook and YouTube, which focuses primarily on Florida Bigfoot and Skunk Ape research. She has over 3,500 group members and active researchers who live primarily in the state of Florida and are interested in learning and sharing their knowledge with other researchers.
Marie is a dedicated, experienced researcher who has been seriously researching Bigfoots and Skunk Apes in Florida for over 4 years. She has also been a lead paranormal investigator for well over 30 years.
Marie’s field work specialty is finding structures and unusual things out in the woods and swamps. She has found glyphs, numerous ‘X’ type structures, asterick structures, lean-to and teepee like structures of all shapes and sizes, shelter/nest like structures and unusual stacks or placement of sticks and branches in the ground, as well as footprints. She is an artistic and creative person by nature, which allows her to successfully find things out in the woods and swamps that are unusual or look out of place.
Marie is also the founder of the Mid Florida Bigfoot Research Team. She is a photographer, manages social media and handles public relations for the research team.
Mike Aguilar is a 4th generation native Floridian and was raised in the Wesley Chapel, Land O’ Lakes and Lutz areas of west Central Florida. He has become a dedicated and experienced researcher with over 3 years of field research but has a lifetime of experience spent in the Florida woods and swamps.
Mike is a loving family man and the father of two children. Mike's young son Kaylen suffers from a rare condition called ‘Selective Mutism’. Kaylen is also an Honorary member of the research team and has become a serious bigfoot researcher helping dad and the team out in the field, on occasion, and learning about the Florida wildlife. Together, Mike and his son bring an unorthodox high energy and somewhat comical side to the research team.
Mike's field work specialty is a unique gift for discovering new and very active research areas, locating footprints and interesting structures. He is also very good with sounds and vocalizations.
Ruby Jo Brew is a 5th generation native Floridian born in Tampa. Throughout her life, she has spent much of her free time exploring the Florida woods and swamps. She has been researching and searching for evidence of these forest beings for over 4 years. During her research and reviewing eyewitness reports, she realized that she has also had encounters of her own throughout much of her life.
Ruby Jo's field work specialty is finding structures, breaks, and oddities - obvious and not so obvious. She also has a vast knowledge of Florida plant life and wildlife. She is very interested in helping to educate people about these yet unacknowledged beings that we share the forest and swamps with.
Ruby Jo has a daughter and two sons and is a grandmother to six grandsons and two granddaughters plus a variety of four-legged grands. She also serves on the Board of Directors at the Crowley Museum and Nature Center in Myakka Florida.
Born in Ohio, Chris Hensley moved to Florida at the age of 11. Chris is an outdoorsman that has always spent a lot of time in the woods exploring as a kid and as an adult. Hiking, fishing and outdoor sports are his passion, almost as much as his children and grandchildren.
Working as a Site Construction Manager, Chris is detail oriented and a problem solver. He is also a ‘techie’ with strong photo forensics proof and editing, video editing and data / excel mapping skills and also provides many other computer and technical strengths to the Mid Florida Bigfoot Research team.
Chris brings a good positive energy to the research team and has a passion for both science and research. He has always been one to have an "open mind" approach to the great unknowns of our world. Believing science and the paranormal should work together in the Bigfoot community, Chris thinks this approach gives us the best opportunity to learn more about these elusive creatures and to help discover the real truth. To be close minded, is to close a door on possible important knowledge.
Chris is fairly new to the Bigfoot / Skunk Ape community but does not fall short in his interest, dedication to field research and belief that such creatures (and others) do exist and live among us.
Tim Turner, a Florida native and a lifelong experienced hunter and outdoorsman, has a vast knowledge of the Green Swamp and Central Florida areas. Tim served in the U.S. Army as a Combat Engineer and currently works as a Master Carpenter and Craftsman in the Cabinet and Housing Industry.
Tim started his Bigfoot / Florida Skunk Ape research with his wife Waynette over 3 years ago and at the same time started the ‘Tim T in Florida’ YouTube channel. He started out filming the things he did in Florida which involved carpentry, fishing, hiking, riding motorcycles, wood crafting and action figures as well as Bigfoot / Skunk Ape research to seek the truth about these elusive beings. His primary focus now is to document the team’s findings and experiences while out on investigations because of the potential evidence being found.
Tim is a dedicated and experienced researcher and he uses his filming, editing and audio skills to create and post research videos for the team. He uses his hunting and outdoorsman skills for tracking and navigating through the Florida forests, swamps and Wildlife Management Areas and to help keep the team safe. Tim also forensically collects and performs experiments to analyze any physical evidence the team may find such as footprints, hairs, and anything else that may have possible DNA.
Waynette Turner, a native Floridian, is the spouse of Tim Turner. She has been accompanying Tim for years on many outdoors adventures in Florida, loving to fish and hike.
Waynette and her family members had personal encounters with what may have been a Bigfoot or Florida Skunk Ape on several occasions near their home in Central Florida when she was a teenager.
Waynette has been seriously researching Bigfoots and Skunk Apes in Florida with Tim over the past 3 years. She has been learning tracking skills, spotting footprints, finding hairs and tree structures and has also found numerous animal carcasses and skulls.
She also helps Tim to film our research team when out on investigations and helps with experiments and running tests.
Desi Herter is originally from Western PA and spent 10 years of her life in cold, blustery, but beautiful Erie, PA, and has been living in the Tampa Bay Area for the last 7 years. Her wife, 2 pups and 2 kitties had the amazing opportunity to move to Florida, when her university started its first branch campus in the region and was appointed to be the boots on the ground. She currently works in higher education, has a Masters in Public Administration, and oversees the enrollment services division. Her and her wife recently adopted 2 beautiful twin boys.
Desi is a proud family gal who carries her hard work ethic, family values and love of life with her everywhere she goes. Her grandparents helped raise her and her brother, since her parents worked full-time. Her Polish grandfather told her stories of unworldly creatures and beings from as young as she can remember. Instead of fairy tales and nursery rhymes, she learned about Aliens, Ghosts, Loch Ness, and of course Bigfoot. His passion became her passion and she has been researching, learning, and loving it all ever since.
Desi’s research specialty is filming and capturing audio when out in the field. She has a sharp eye for details and spends countless hours analyzing audio and film evidence for the team.
Troy Palmer is originally from New England where he grew up on a farm and because of his father’s influence pursued and received a degree in Business and Electrical Engineering. Troy’s career has grown over the years from Electronic Technician, to Manufacturing Engineer and to Engineering Manager. Troy joined the National Guard where he achieved the rank of Sergeant and in 1997 Troy moved to Florida where he received a Masters Degree in Management and Leadership. Troy is also an adventurer who has successful hunted and recovered Fossils from the Peace River and Spanish Treasure from the east coast of Florida.
Troy’s life until recently has been working in high tech, employing scientific methods and logic to solve problems. However in 2016 while hunting and scouting Troy had several unexplained encounters. These encounters led Troy to conduct a limited amount of research and in 2020 he discovered information which eventually led him to consider the encounters could have been associated with a Bigfoot.
Troy, an open minded skeptic, had a difficult time accepting the possibility of Bigfoot, however he believes in order to find the answers and the truth, all possibilities must be considered and analyzed including Bigfoot. Since 2020, Troy has conducted extensive research on the subject of Bigfoot and brings his engineering, photography, hunting skills, and skepticism to the research team.