Welcome to Ohio Cryptid
Ohio Cryptid was initially created back in 2009. I had attempted to find a general cryptid group in Ohio, but found mostly Bigfoot only groups or was not welcomed to others for various reasons. Despite operating a paranormal group since 1996, being an avid backpacker, willing to demonstrate my tracking and sign reading abilities, and having a basic background in cryptozoology I was unable to work with a reputable group in Ohio. I did, however, eventually work with a group in British Columbia, Canada, named Sasquatch Research Initiative until it became defunct. During that time I was also able to learn from others here in Ohio and beyond (Joedy Cook and Don Keating in Ohio). I have also been a member of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society and am currently a hand-picked member of the Pennsylvania Cryptozoology Society as well as contributer to the North American Dogman Project. In addition, I am the co-director of Ohio Anomalous Research, the executive director of ParaNexus Anomalous Research Association, and wrote "Handbook for the Amateur Cryptozoologist" (with a foreword by Loren Coleman) in 2014.
After attending a few conferences and a library appearance in 2016, speaking on cryptozoology, I realized I had built up a large network of fellow researchers and investigators in Pennsylvania, New York, as well as Ohio and other states, but I had no major way of collecting and investigating my own reports. I had put Ohio Cryptid on the back burner to focus on my ghost group years ago after coming up with the idea. I then went on to write several books with the latest being on cryptozoology. I also helped start an anomalous research group in Ohio that focuses on ghosts, cryptids, and UFO sightings, but I wanted something that I had complete control of and that could supplement this other more generalized group.