Witness: Eljay Estes
Location: Summerville, South Carolina
Date of Encounter: April 23, 2016
I work nights and I had left the plant to go get some gum and a soda. I’m relatively new to the area so I thought I would see where Dorchester Road goes or ends up. I work on Dorchester Road.
As I was nearing the crossing of Highway 17A, I didn’t see any more civilization so I decided to turn around and go back to work. It’s a 4-lane highway. Right past a median, I turned my truck to the left to do a U-turn, as my headlights were panning across the wood line, I saw very clearly and small girl. She was maybe 5 or 6 years old. This is occurring at about 3:00 AM. She was standing there looking directly at me. I of course stopped. Our eyes met. She clearly saw me and I very clearly saw her. With the lights of my truck shining directly on her, she turned around and walked into the woods. I floored my truck and took off fast back to work and told everyone what I had seen. A coworker of mine followed me back to the spot after work and the sky was just beginning to light up. I noticed then that there were houses there beyond the trees. We haven’t heard of any little girls coming up missing in the last day and a half so I don’t know what I saw. I am not able to give a description of what she was wearing or really even the color of her hair. I was so shocked to see her standing there that I just remember her face. I will never forget that face. Spooked the heck out of me.